Darkling beetles, the adult stage of the insect, are used for breeding the mealworms that are sold for chicken feed, aquaculture and research.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)
Darkling beetles, the adult stage of the insect, are used for breeding mealworms that are sold for chicken feed, aquaculture and research at Beta Hatch in SeaTac. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Wriggle room: Beta Hatch’s insect farm grows millions of mealworms in SeatTac

Virginia Emery, scientist and self-proclaimed insect entrepreneur, is rearing masses of mealworms that her company, Beta Hatch, now sells as feed for livestock and fish. It also produces fertilizer from their droppings. Emery says there’s “a wave of insect industry” out there.  VIEW