What are Waxworms?
Waxworms (Galleria mellonella), the caterpillar larvae of wax moths, are very popular as live food for a wide variety of critters due to their high-fat content, ease of breeding, and ability to survive for weeks at low (not freezing) temperatures.
Keeping Your Waxworms Healthy
Waxworms will last from one to two weeks at room temperature (70°F – 75°F). They can be kept cool at 50°F, where they will become dormant. They can last up to 8 weeks in your refrigerator, provided the temperature is not too low. They must be stored in low humidity, so if the bedding feels moist when delivered, please leave the lid off to let them dry out.
What do Waxworms Eat?
They primarily feed on the wax and honeycomb of bees and are considered significant beekeeping pests. They can be offered food such as oatmeal, cereals, honey, and fruits in captivity. However, they can also provide other items such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. Providing them with a varied diet is essential to ensure they get all the nutrients they need.
Calcium (ppm): 243