• An Environmental Friendly Insect is Tenebrio molitor (Tenebrionidae: Coleoptera)

    Engin KILIÇ

    Erzincan University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Basic Pharmacy Sciences.

    Abstract: Tenebrio molitor is a species of darkling beetle (Tenebrionidae: Coleoptera), which produces larvae that are commonly called mealworms. Acting as decomposers in the natural environment, they feed on decaying plant materials and dead insects. As a result of its easy handling and non-fastidious culture conditions, T. molitor is used as a pet food, an educational material, and as a biological research model. As a result, we reported that, 20 larvae of  T. molitor eat 1g, at first box, others respectively 2g, 2g, and 1g. They eat 0.014g at first box and others respectively 0.028g, 0.028g and 0.014g a day. Acording to our result of our studay, we can use this insect as a styrofoam degredation.

    Keywords: Tenebrio molitor, styrofoam degredation, environment, alternative

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