The Top Seven Live Worm Feeder Insects


Nutritional information on our LIVE WORM feeders

#1.BSFL   #2.Silkworm   #3.Hornworm   #4.Butterworm   #5.Waxworm   #6.Superworm   #7.Cricket

These Live Feeders are Listed In Order of their Nutritional Value (#1 best to #7 lowest food value)

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# 1

'Genuine' Phoenix Worm, live feeder

ReptiWorm (black soldier fly larva)

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Black Soldier Fly Larvae

NO feeding NO cleaning   - maintenance-free live-feeders -

BSFL in 250 ct Tubs 

RWM-250  Medium  $16.00 

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 Black Soldier Fly Larvae, 

the number one top live-feeder for reptiles, birds  and amphibians

Incredible Calcium/Phosphorus Ratio!  

High in Calcium ... low in fat !

Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) are by far the best live feeder insect for your pets, the smaller ones wriggle like mad and trigger a tremendous feeding response!  They don’t smell, don’t need to be fed, won’t escape from the feed dish, can be kept cool (50F/12C degrees or above) or at room temperature, and the only ‘care’ they may need is a couple of drops of water if their substrate begins to get dry. 'BSFL' are the perfect 'maintenance-free' live feeder worm.

BSFL pack an almost perfect ratio of calcium and phosphorus which can halt (and sometimes even reverse) metabolic bone disease.  It increases clutch sizes, and when fed to babies/juveniles, boosts growth rates by up to 30%.  They also have high natural levels of lauric acid, known to be an excellent antimicrobial which is very potent and guards against lipid-coated viruses, clostridium and pathogenic protozoa including coccidian.  The larvae of Hermetia illucens, commonly known as the Black Soldier Fly, ReptiWorms have been fed to many thousands of animals by breeders and hobbyists over the past twelve years.  See Bearded Dragon Diet

 53% of the fat in BSFL is beneficial lauric acid, a proven antimicrobial - especially effective against coccidiosis.


Recommended by veterinarians, 'black soldier fly larvae' are the only calcium-rich feeder that have a naturally 2:1 balanced calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, and can be safely fed as a staple feeder for your bearded dragon diet. Delicious, nutritious, high in calcium and low in fat.  Now there is a live feeder that Naturally provides very high Calcium, with Low Phosphorous levels, is maintenance-free, and reptiles love them too!


'BSFL require NO feeding, and keep for a month or longer refrigerated at 55-60 F, in the tub they came in.  Even the substrate they come in, and live in, is safe for your reptiles to ingest with NO ill side-effects.  It's really exiting to have a simple, healthier, and easier live-feeding solution for ourselves and for our customers too'.

Black soldier fly larvae are the perfect live insect feeder for most exotics

See: BSFL

Here at the Worm Lady is where you can order your BSFL in any quantity you want ... The black soldier fly larva live-feeders were originally developed by Dr. Craig Sheppard, University of Georgia entomologist and the developer of this unique new feeder insect, in collaboration with Allen Repashy (owner of world famous Repashy SuperFoods).

Fresh BSFL will be sent direct to you from our facility in McGregor Ontario(just south of Windsor) and NOT through a middle-man, assuring you the freshest product available in Ontario.  Contact Us page

NOTE: If you want the really wriggly BSFL please order the Extra-Small (very wiggly) or Small-sized ones (wiggly).  The Medium sized ones are mobile but not as wiggly, and the Large sized ones are very slow moving (some will be immobile) and nearing the pupae stage (this is when they are black and have the highest calcium content in their life-cycle but are immobile). Then these will pupate and turn into flies which your pets will love to chase and feast on ... so there is almost no waste with this live feeder insect as you can feed them at all stages of their life-cycle.

NOTE: Even when the BSFL larva morphs into the Fly it will be useful as a treat to most insectivorous reptiles (bearded dragons, skinks, chameleons, anoles, geckos, turtles, frogs, tarantulas, steppe runners, sugar gliders, scorpions and fish) ... which will eagerly chase them and eat them - providing much needful and welcome exercise for lizards in captivity ... most herps love them!

Please NOTE:  LARGE BSFL are in their 5th instar (last growth stage) and are the least mobile larvae as they approach pupation (the cocoon) before morphing into the black soldier fly.  If you want wiggly BSFL please order the Small or Medium sized ones (wiggly).  The Medium/Large sized ones are still mobile but not wiggly, and the Large/Mature sized ones (pre-pupae) are black and very slow moving (some will be immobile) but are at their highest Calcium content.  When the pupae morph to flies lizards and frogs love chasing them and gulping them down too.  So when feeding BSFL there is virtually almost NO wasted feeders.

NOTE: * REPTIWORM™,  PHOENIX WORM®,  CALCIWORM®,

ARE ALL BLACK SOLDIER FLY LARVAE GRUBS SOLD UNDER DIFFERENT 'BRAND NAMES'

              The Black Soldier Fly Larvae should be high on the ‘regular Live feeder’ list of every reptile, amphibian or exotic's diet!

 # 2

silkworm, live feeder

Silkworms - 20 Med

(in Tub with Fresh Chow)

$16.00 (only 80 cents ea.)

Silkworms on mulberry leaves

 Silkworms, the many benefits

Nutritional Content!  

You just can't beat the low-fat content & nutritional value of a silk worm.

According to many, silkworms are naturally one of the healthiest insect you can get to feed your pet. Silkworms are a high source of Calcium, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, and Vitamins B1, B2, and B3.  Anole expert, A. Lanolis says, "...they're naturally the healthiest insect you can get." Once thought to be delicate and hard to care for, silkworms are actually very hardy needing only a dry environment and a small amount of silkie food daily (which can be kept in the fridge for up to a month).  Because of their high calcium content, silkworms are especially great  for gravid females since they help ensure strong and healthy eggs/offspring.

Silkworms also contain an enzyme called serrapeptase which has many beneficial properties:  it is an excellent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, it aids calcium absorption, and it also fights arterial plaque!!

Finally, as they are soft bodied, there is no worry of impaction in small or young exotics.  Considering their excellent nutritional value, low fat content, and ease of keeping, silkworms are building a strong demand and should be part of a regular exotic’s diet.

 

Live Feeders Nutritional Values Comparison

  
  
Live Feeder >CricketPhoenixSilkwormButterwormWaxwormSuperwormMealworm
Fat %6.19.46.211.211.217.912.7
Protein %21.317.329.614.814.817.420.3
Calcium (ppm)34581556651197134124133
Phosphorous (ppm)432853557981729119723203345
Cal / Ph Ratio0.081.520.830.690.110.530.04
Note: All vertebrates need Calcium, from live-food sources, to remain strong and healthy.  However, the right Calcium to Phosphorous RATIO is the key to ingesting a healthy Calcium source.  The perfect ratio of 2:1 - almost never present in today's live feeders - is now attainable in the Phoenix Worm - ONLY -  NO other live feeder even comes close!
The above chart reveals that Phoenix Worms and Silkworms are by far the two best live feeders available, period!

Re: Silkworms: What are the pros and cons?

Postby ChiefsDaddy » Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:50 pm

The silkworm is easily the best possible insect to feed your reptiles.  It contains more Protein than any other.  It is also high in Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, and B Vitamins.  It is high in moisture to keep your reptile properly hydrated.  Most importantly, Silkworms produce the natural enzyme Serrapeptase.  Serrapeptase is a natural Anti-Inflammatory, and can help to strengthen bones by making calcium absorption more efficient.  It also cleanses the blood and the liver, which could help to combat Fatty Liver Disease and Adenovirus.

  # 3

hornwormm live feeder

Horn worms - 15 Med. 

(in Tub with Fresh Chow)

$13.00 (only 87 cents ea.)

 Hornworms, super nutritious

Enticing And Nutritious!  Since they have no chitin or exoskeleton, there is no worry about impaction.  When horn worms are fed their proper diet (tan-coloured horn worm chow), they possess a healthy nutritional content of: 9% Protein, 3.07% Fat, 46.4mg/100g Calcium, and 85% Moisture.  They are hardy, easy to keep, very low maintenance, and are a wonderful feeder to help ensure proper  hydration.  Horn worms are very easy to digest, and are often used to break hunger strike or for recovering reptiles.  Horn worms are another feeder which should be part of your exotic’s highly nutritious regular diet.  With their enticing teal colour and  black and white stripes that exaggerate their movements, horn worms will be pounced on in no time flat!

Horned Worms make very nutritious live feeders for all your reptiles and all sizes of lizards, fish, frogs, hens, birds, turtles, etc...: 

The Worm Lady hornworm sizes are:

                  OCTOBER 2017 SPECIAL

2nd instar: Small         @ $0.65 ea.

3rd instar: Med.           @ $0.82 ea.

4th instar: Large          @ $0.99 ea.

5th instar: X Large       @ $1.16 ea.


Horned worns, in their natural habitat, do not only feed on tomato and tobacco plants, but all plants in the Solanaceae family which also include: potato, peppers, eggplant, deadly nightshade, petunia, nicotiana, Datura (aka thorn apple or jimson weed).  

Important note

The foliage and stems of all of these plants are TOXIC TO SECONDARY FEEDERS - YOUR CHAMELEON, BEARDED DRAGON, and most herps, reptiles and exotics!  

Always buy horned worm live feeders only from reputable breeders/suppliers that grow tobacco hornworms in a controlled environment, free of dangerous pesticides and away from any plants, and fed only with the Special Hornworm Yellow Chow to insure the hornworms are healthy and safe for your pets.

   # 4

butterworm, live feeder
butter worms - 50 (in black tub with dry substrate)

$18.00 (only 36 cents ea.)

 Butter worms ** high in calcium

Calcium Plus!  Similar in size and texture to wax worms, these soft grub-like worms are a good feeder for Calcium with nearly twice as much as any other feeder insect! (after the BSFL).  Although high in fat content, they can be fed regularly to reptiles and exotics.  In fact, they are an excellent regular addition to the diets of juvenile exotics, those that are emaciated or suffering from poor body condition as well as gravid females.

The Chilean Moth (Chilecomadia moorei) is a moth of the Cossidae family. The Butterworm is the larval form and is commonly used as fishing bait in in South America.  Butterworms, like mealworms, are used as food for Insectivore pets, such as geckos , bearded dragons and other reptiles, as their scent and bright color help attract the more stubborn eaters. They are also called tebro worms or trevo worms, and are high in fat and calcium.  Tortoises may even be fed Butterworms due to the high calcium content.  It is a good idea to feed a female tortoise Butterworms during egg development for well formed hatchlings. (courtesy of Wikipedea)

    # 5

waxworm, live feeder

wax worms - 250 (in blue tub with dry wood shavings)

Only $18.85 (7.5 cents ea.)

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 Wax worms ** a tasty treat for dragons and geckos

Yum!  Wax worms are a common reptile/amphibian food but they should be fed only as a treat since they are high in fat.  Think of them as candy bars for your critters!  Wax worms do not need to be fed, can be kept in the fridge (no lower than 50F/12C) for up to 3 months.  Their substrate, usually wood shavings, should be kept dry.

Waxworms are an ideal food for reptiles such as bearded dragons, the neon tree dragon, turtles, geckos or chams.

** NOTE:  When using these feeders in the regular diet of a healthy exotic, try to make sure you’ve given the healthiest foods first and save these for desert.  When you feed desert first, you’ll almost certainly end up with a “picky eater”!!!

     # 6

superworm, live feeder

Super worms - 1000 (in our custom-blend dry food/wheat-bran substrate & fresh carrot)

Only $37.00 (3.7 cents ea.)

 Superwormsgive variety to your reptile's diet

Superworms are readily accepted by lizards, turtles, frogs, salamanders, birds, Koi and all other insect-loving animals.  Their hard chitin may make them less suitable for arachnids, some predatory insects, and baby or infant reptiles, since this may cause impaction (and possible death).

When feeding your smaller or younger exotics, try to feed the white or light-coloured Superworms since they have recently shed and would have a less hard outer chitin.  The substrate the Superworms are reared and kept in has a huge impact on the nutritional value they provide.  Moisture can be provided by adding cut carrot, potatoe/sweet potato or orange peel, and their bedding or substrate should be checked  daily  for mold.

Supers and virtually all other feeders should be dusted with calcium immediately prior to presenting them to your pet, and they should only represent a portion of an exotic’s daily or staple food source.(See August SPECIAL  Super Worms)

SUPERWORMS 1000 ct  $37.00

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SUPERWORMS  750 ct  $35.25

SUPERWORMS  500 ct  $26.50

 SUPERWORMS  400 ct  $22.00

SUPERWORMS  300 ct  $16.80

 SUPERWORMS  200 ct  $12.00

SUPERWORMS  100 ct  $6.00

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    # 7

1000 mealworms in tub

1000 mealworms (in wheat bran media) in food-grade tub - Only $17.50 (1.75 cents ea.)

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MEALWORMS - 250 ct TUB - ONLY $5.25

 MEALWORMS - 500 ct TUB - ONLY $10.00

 MEALWORMS - 1000 ct TUB - ONLY $17.00

 MEALWORMS - 750 ct TUB - ONLY $14.25

 Mealwormsok bulk feeder for hungry juveniles

Mealworms are the most economical live feeders available, very low maintenance, and good life span, so they are great for feeding to adult reptiles, birds and aquatics - but they have a very hard exoskeleton so only the fresh-shed (pale in color) mealworms should ever be fed to baby reptiles to avoid impaction and possible paralysis and/or death.

At The Worm Lady we guarantee you are getting the Top Quality (Canadian wheat bran fed) mealworm feeders for all your 'mealworm eating critters', such as amphibians, reptiles, sugar gliders, chickens, quail, hamsters, hedgehogs, Koi Fish, rats, gerbils and other rodents, blue birds and other wild birds too.

When you order your 'mealworms' from us, other than supplying a hydration source twice a week (i.e. carrot and apple), we send you everything you need to keep your mealworms organically healthy until you feed them to your pets.

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