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lesser mealworm beetle lifecycle

In the anthropogenic setting of a broiler chicken production house, populations of lesser mealworms (Alphitobius diaperinus) explode: A single house can contain more than 30 million larvae, pupae, and adult beetles. As illustrated here, individuals grow and pupate rapidly and spend the majority of their lives as adults. Females can reproduce repeatedly during their lifetime, fueling rapid population growth. (Figure by Ben Sammarco, originally published in Sammarco, Hinkle, and Crossley 2023, Journal of Integrated Pest Management)

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