Selection of Supplement Feed and Regulation of Oviposition Period of Zophobas morio (Tenebrionidae)

Zophobas morio의 보조사료 선발 및 성충 산란간격 조절

  • Kim, Do-ik (Jeonnam Insect and Sericultural Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, Seong-Yeon (Jeonnam Insect and Sericultural Research Institute) ;
  • Koo, Hui-Yeon (Jeonnam Insect and Sericultural Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, Jeong-Eun (Jeonnam Insect and Sericultural Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, Hyeon-Jin (Jeonnam Insect and Sericultural Research Institute) ;
  • Lee, Yoo-Beom (Jeonnam Insect and Sericultural Research Institute) ;
  • Park, Cheol-Seung (Jeonnam Insect and Sericultural Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, Young-Cheol (Department of Agricultural Biology, Jeonnam National University) ;
  • Nam, Seung-Hee (Department of Agricultural Biology, Jeonnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Sang-Soo (Department of Plant Medicine, Suncheon National University)
  • 김도익 (전남농업기술원 곤충잠업연구소) ;
  • 김성연 (전남농업기술원 곤충잠업연구소) ;
  • 구희연 (전남농업기술원 곤충잠업연구소) ;
  • 김정은 (전남농업기술원 곤충잠업연구소) ;
  • 김현진 (전남농업기술원 곤충잠업연구소) ;
  • 이유범 (전남농업기술원 곤충잠업연구소) ;
  • 박철승 (전남농업기술원 곤충잠업연구소) ;
  • 김영철 (전남대학교 농업생명과학대학) ;
  • 남승희 (전남대학교 농업생명과학대학) ;
  • 김상수 (순천대학교 생명산업과학대학)
  • Received : 2019.06.02
  • Accepted : 2019.08.20
  • Published : 2019.09.01


The super mealworm, Zophobas morio, is mainly used as food for pets, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and as snacks. An experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of temperature, supplementary feeding, and spawning interval on super mealworm rearing. To efficiently rear this species, the insects were bred at a temperature of $27^{\circ}C$ or higher and reached a weight of over 0.6 g at 80 days after hatching. Supplementary feed (with high protein content: 10% of soybean meal and 10% of fish meal) enabled larvae to reach a weight of over 0.7 g at 80 days after hatching. Mass rearing of super mealworm requires increase in egg production (i.e., high yield) and uniformity of larvae. Adults were transferred to spawning bases every 5, 10, or 15 days (three treatments), which resulted in a total of 7,256, 5,439, 2,060 hatched larvae, respectively. It is possible to obtain more than 7,000 larvae by transferring the egg-laying frame to the spawning base at intervals of 5 days and with nine spawning operations; this procedure generates larvae weighing over 0.68 g each.


Zophobas morio;Supplementary feeding;Spawning interval


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