Hive Explorer | Smart Insect Farm for Upcycling Food Waste
Grow fertilizer and mealworm protein on your kitchen scraps | Safely controlled ecosystem | Fun STEM education kit
Frequently Asked Questions
Mealworms are fascinating!
Some cool facts:
••They are grown in space by Chinese astronauts as space food!
••A reference to the composition of the mealworm can inhibit the BACE enzyme, which is a key enzyme to cause Alzheimer's disease.
••The dried mealworm can be made into powder, which is called Hanxia powder in China and added to many foods to make it tasting fresh.
••The essential oils of the mealworm are often extracted in order to be used as a skin oil for humans. It contains lots of Vitamin B5, vital for skin renewal.Last updated:
Typical kitchen scraps that we would feed our mealworms are for example: onions, carrots, apples, potatoes, some cheese scraps, tomatoes, different fruits, roots, salads. They also love grain such as oats or bread. Basically, you can feed them anything. Just make sure that you don’t put in: moldy or rotten foods, soups or very greasy, oily or liquid substances, dishes that are very spicy or acidic. Also do not feed too much cellulose heavy foods (salads, grass). In general, just make sure that you feed a good proportion of moist and dry foods. We recommend against feeding meat scraps, mealworms can be considered vegetarian! Please also take care you don´t feed them things with pesticides on it. You have the power to control how healthy your food is!Last updated:
This depends very much on the type of feed that you add as well as at which life stage your mealworms are. Rule of thumb is about half of a big apple and about two hands full of oats per drawer. You will soon find out how fast your mealworms eat. Just check in the first weeks of having it, as soon as the food is gone, you can feed again. Never let any food get moldy in there!Last updated:
Every organism has to be treated with respect, no matter how large or small it is.
We are concerned with animal welfare at Livin Farms and want to act absolutely protective of all the species that we deal with.
We designed the Hive in a way that the worms can be happy in there. Insects in nature occur in large amounts on small spaces. Therefore, we can assume that they feel well when held like this, totally opposite from a cow or pig!Last updated:
There will be a very mild humming from the ventilation and occasional vibration that is happening in the device. Apart from that, you will not notice your Hive. Of course, if you get really, really close you might be able to hear a tiny bit of mealworm wriggling ;)Last updated:
There are really only two sources where smell could come from: the fine excrements of the mealworms and the food that you place in the trays. Ideally, you will never overfeed your worms which should prevent any unwanted smell from rotten foods. The excrements are usually very dry which makes them almost odorless. Make sure you never feed too moist substances, then smell should be contained. The Hive has carbon filtration pads in the back and front of each growing tray though which air is ventilated. Therefore, occasional smells should be very well contained.Last updated:
We designed the Hive so that the worms will be very well contained in the device and can not escape. That being said, they are still living beings and in some very unlikely case, it could happen that one or the other one finds its way out somehow. But don’t worry, unless they are a huge hoard, they won’t start breeding somewhere unwanted in your house and they are also not that hard to catch. They are all in all very lovely beings, relax!Last updated:
Mealworms can live for several weeks without feeding. However, mind that this is a stress situation for your mealworms and they won’t be growing in the same speed as they would with normal feeding. If you go on a holiday, treat your Hive like an aquarium- have your neighbor come by once a week at least to check if it’s all alright. Another option is to put your worms and beetles in the fridge at about 8°C. They will fall asleep (hibernate) and wake up even after several weeks. Eggs, Babies and Pupae can be more sensitive to this.Last updated:
We made lots of cooking experiments and will share some of them with you throughout the course of the campaign. We also will build a community platform so that you can share your recipes with other mealworm breeders all around the world!Last updated:
You can make them crispy and light to have as a snack while watching TV but you can also make them into major sweet or savory dishes. Whether crispy or juicy, if you get full from 500g of meat, you will get full from 500g of worms too!Last updated:
Disclaimer: People with shellfish allergies might react sensitively to eating insects too!
The only allergies that have been reported to come from mealworms were from people sieving mealworms from their frass, getting in touch with a lot of the dirt and fine excrements. This is not the case when harvesting with the Hive.
Anatomically, mealworms are very different from humans, it is very unlikely that there are any diseases transmitted - unlike with other livestock like pigs which are closer related to us and therefore can transmit their diseases easier.
You are in charge of growing your mealworms healthy and feeding them responsible.
Livin farms does not take any responsibility or liability for the consumed harvest.Last updated:
We have developed a system with sensors, fans and heating elements. The sensors measure temperature and humidity and control the airflow in the trays accordingly. Heating is switched on when needed in a cool climate so that the mealworms do not grow into the next life stage.Last updated:
The Hive comes with a C Type USB adaptor.Last updated:
A typical serving of traditional meats like lean beef, pork, chicken, and fish ranges from 60-100g. We recommend a similar serving size for mealworms, although it may be less when used in a mixed dish.
Fresh mealworms contain about 20% protein, which is the same as raw beef! Together with a healthy and diverse diet, mealworms can easily help you fulfill your dietary needs as a healthy meat substitute.Last updated:
Some of the most notable nutrients in mealworms include:
Fiber- not usually found in meats, making mealworms special!
Vitamin B12- a nutrient mostly only found in meat.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)- which is important for many bodily processes.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)- A nutrient known for hair and skin health.
And of course Protein! See above.
We will add a nutrition table soon, its difficult to format onto the FAQ section, thank you for your patience!Last updated:
Currently we have only tested our system with the mealworm, Tenebrio Molitor. Therefore, we only recommend using this species in the Hive. Different kinds of insects have different requirements in their lifecycles. We will update you in case of future modifications that might allow other species too. Please let us know in case you get experimental and try something new. We are always happy to hear your stories and experiences!Last updated:
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