I almost put a closeup of the crunchy freeze-dried delights right here, but refrained in case any of the uninitiated were still a bit squeamish a the sight of hundreds of their wormy little bodies. As you can see, our little Carolina Wren is not one bit squeamish...
...demonstrating the proper way to eat a mealworm--shake it into submission and gobble it down!
"...I just adore the heads and save them for last."
"...hmmm....mealworm or blueberry, mealworm or blueberry..." (The mealworm won.)
"...more mealworms, please...and could you put a move on--it's cold out here!"
p.s. Mealworms are the larva form of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, which is a type of darkling beetle. Apparently you can grow these things on your own fairly easily so you can always have fresh on hand (oh boy...talk about unnerving!). I might have to look into that this summer...can you imagine?? Click here for a link on raising mealworms on your own.