Insect Farming Kit For Sustainable Livin

The Hive Explorer combines technology with the superpowers of insects to recycle your food scraps into sustainable proteins and fertilisers.

The Hive Explorer is...

Your SMART Mealworm Home

Introducing the technology that makes your Hive Explorer the perfect environment for growing mealworms efficiently.

The 5 Floors In Your Mealies’ Home

The Hive Explorer is specifically designed to give your mealworms the cosiest home. The whole lifecycle is visible and accommodated in 3 layers while also giving you full visibility into your mealies’ life through the transparent lid.

A innovative, smart mealworm home perfect for home education teaching about all things sustainability, food waste and circular systems.

The Hive In 6 Steps

1. Move-in Day!

You can buy the mealworms directly from us (see below) or buy them at a pet store. About 100g of them will be comfortable in their new home. Serve them their first delicious dinner! What's on the menu today? Apples? Carrots? Your call!

BUY THE MEALWORMS (after purchasing the hive)

2. Dinner Time

Mealworms are not picky eaters at all, but you want to make sure to feed them a good portion of dry and wet food. Dry food could be for example oats or bread crumbs. They do not need additional source of water, as they will absorb the water from tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, apples and other wet food.

3. Raising Your Mealies

After some time the mealworms slow down their usual strolling around the playground and turn into pupae. And this is where you come in! Take the tweezers and help the little white adults-to-be (pupae) to their kingdom on the top tray.  The pupae then turn into beetles, who have their room beneath the pupae tower and you can help them get there with tweezers in case one or two get confused. 

4. Growing Up

 Beetles need to be fed a little less than the mealworm larvae. This is where the magic happens: beetles start laying eggs through the holes in the yellow inlay. They safely land on the bottom part of the white container. Don't forget to place some oats or other dry food into the white tray, so that the newely hatched babies can enjoy their first meal. After some time babies crawl to the biggest tray to play with their siblings. 

5. Upcycling…Poop!

Well yes, mealworms poop too! And fortunately they are extremely elegant while doing so. Hive collects the dung in the very bottom tray, where it is ready to use as a fertilizer for your plants.

6. Your Hive On The Menu

Apart from being healthy nutritious feed for your gecko, turtle, fish and many other pets, mealies are great for you and your family! If you want, you can harvest grown mealies, freeze them for a day (it's like going to sleep for them, no worries) and then prepare them for lunch, dinner, snack, brunch or a quick breakfast. More information on preparing the mealies properly along with recipes available in the Explorer Magazine.

check blog for recipes

What can you do with the Hive?

UPCYCLE

Turn your kitchen scraps into:

• Yummy mealworms for healthy balanced meals for you and your pets

• Fertilizer for your plants

EXPLORE

• Five floors in the home of your mealworm family

• Set up experiments with the support of Explorer magazine

• Exploration equipment like tweezers and magnifier provided in the set

LEARN

• About the life stages of mealworms and related topics like alternative proteins, metamorphosis and many more

• How to do basic coding with the help of our Magazine and improve the conditions in the Hive

• Get a full educational experience with purchasing the curricula

The Lifecycle Of A Mealworm

Fun Fact!

Did you know that a mealworm is not a worm but in fact the larval form of the mealworm beetle, a species of darkling beetle.

BUT DO YOU WONDER

WHY?

Why is Hive Explorer an important part of sustainable systems? Why is Hive Explorer one of the solutions to save our planet from being drowned in our waste?

Let us answer why

Because mealworms, superheros as they are, can't resist solving our problems. 

They eat and digest our food waste. Did you know food waste accounts for 8% of the global warming?

Their dung is a super effective fertilizer. Did you know production of conventional fertilizers presents the majority of the emitted CO2eq emissions in agricultural sector?

They are a healthy food source, full of protein and other amazing nutrients. Did you know not only pets, but the whole family can enjoy their crunchy nutty taste?