Calciworms Hermeia illucens
Calciworms, the larval stage of the Black Soldier Fly, has been described as near “perfect” food for your hungry critter. Some pet keepers have even described these worms as a “miracle” food because of claims to reverse metabolic bone disease. So, you might be wondering, does the reputation of worms live up to the hype? The answer is yes, and if you read on, you will know why.
A Superior Critter Food
Because they have a soft body, these worms are easier to digest than mealworms which have a hard exoskeleton. These soft body worms are super high in calcium. How high is calcium? Calciworms have 30 to 60 times more calcium than other commonly available feeder insects. These soft bodies worms make for an excellent food choice for tree frogs, salamanders, geckos, and many other critters.
Another benefit of using these worms is that they are very high in phosphorous. Phosphorous is a critical structural component in the backbone of DNA and RNA. All living organisms need phosphorous to build DNA and RNA to transmit genetic information and synthesize proteins.
In addition to having a perfect balance of calcium and phosphorus, allowing use as a staple food, Calciworms provide high levels of natural lauric acid. Lauric acid is known for its excellent antimicrobial properties, including activity against lipid-coated viruses, clostridium, pathogenic protozoa, and coccidia.
Keeping Calciworms Healthy
Calciworms do not require refrigeration and are best kept at room temperature for three weeks. Feeding the worms is not necessary, and if kept in the right conditions, Calciworms will stay hearty for weeks. Hopefully, your hungry critters will have devoured all of them then.
Calcium (ppm): 11,460
Phosphorous (ppm): 3489