Waxworms

Wax worms are the larvae of wax moths that are a member of the snout moth.  There are too closely related species of this moth that are commercially bred while others like the Indian meal moth are not available commercially.  Many people refer to these types of moths as bee moths however this can also referred to another species that is not commercially bred however also produces wax worms.  A wax worm is in medium sized like Caterpillar that has black tipped feet and a small brown or black head.  In the wild wax worms are known as parasites bee Colonies as they have been known to choose to not only that the colons but the shed skins of bees as well as be whacked thus earning them the name.  Most beekeepers consider wax worms to be pests.

There are however many types of wax moths that will not attack the bee’s directly but will feed on the wax use by the bees to build a honeycomb.  The destruction of this honeycomb will likely still or contaminate the stored honey along with killing larvae and can also be the cause of spreading honeybee diseases.

When wax worms are kept in captivity they can go a great deal of time without eating especially if they’re kept that a cool temperature.  Captive wax worms are generally fed a mixture of cereal grain, honey and bran.

Wax worms are used extensively as food for many lizards and amphibians mostly due to their high content of the fat and their ease of breeding.  They are also very popular due to their ability to survive for weeks at low temperatures.  A wax worm is an ideal food from any type of insect eating plants and animals.  One of the most commonly fed lizards that enjoy consuming wax worms is the bearded dragon.  However they are also fed to lizards such as the gecko, chameleon and box turtle.  The wax worm can also be fed to amphibians such as frogs and salamanders and even newts.  You can even be in small mammals such as hedgehogs that are domesticated wax worms.

While wax worms are a popular choice for many lizards and other creatures it is highly recommended that you do not feed them in excess due to their high fat content as if you do not get your lizard or amphibian proper exercise they can become fat and unhealthy.  This is why for many lizards and amphibians wax worms should only be used a special treats.

Since wax worms are so incredibly easy to raise it is incredibly easy to save a lot of money by creating your own feeder insects for your lizard or amphibian.  You can easily keep your wax worms in a small container in a cool area where you don’t even have to worry about feeding them often as long as the temperatures kept cool enough.  Then they will be all set to feed to your lizard or amphibian as required.  Always remember though that if you keep your wax worms in the refrigerator well and any moisture get into their habitat that will greatly reduce their life.

When you’re doing anything involving touching anything in the habitat that you’re raising your wax worms in or doing anything to cut the habitat that is housing your lizard or amphibian you want to make sure that you practice proper hygiene precautions and washing hands both before and after any activities in these habitats.  This way you’ll be helping to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in your household and will make sure that not only your wax worms will remain healthy but your lizard or amphibian will as well.

When you are feeding your lizard or amphibian wax worms you need to make sure that you are also dusting them with the calcium supplement every other day and a multi vitamin 1 to 3 times per week.  You also want to make sure that you’re feeding them only the healthiest grains and honey as well so you can make sure that your lizard or amphibian is going to get only the most nutritious food possible.

Once wax worms have entered a stage of their life cycle where they will no longer consume food they will begin living off the fat supplies and their bodies so the longer that they’re kept alive the smaller that they will get.  This is important to remember as you want to make sure you’re feeding your lizard or amphibian wax worms when they are healthy and plump.  That way they are able to get the most nutrients out of the wax worms.

These are all important things to keep in mind when you’re looking to raise or purchase wax worms to feed to your lizard or amphibian.  You want to make sure that you’re feeding them only the best insects that you’re able to so that your lizard or amphibian is going to get the best nutrients out of the food that you feed them.

It is important that when you are feeding your lizard or amphibian any type of insects like wax worms you make sure that they are actually going to be able to keep them without getting sick.  You need to make sure that it is possible for your lizard are amphibian to consume wax worms without getting ill as you do not want anything bad to happen to them.  It is important to do as much research into what your exotic pet can eat so that you can make sure that you’re only feeding them the best food possible.

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