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Bearded Dragon Waxworms

Achroia grisella & Galleria mellonella

 

Bearded dragon waxworms

Bearded Dragon Waxworms

Waxworms are the larvae of one of the two related wax moth species, the Lesser moth (Achroia grisella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella). The are apparently natural pests of bee hives used for honey production.

Bearded Dragon Waxworm Feeding

Both these species are very tasty to Bearded dragons, but also very high in fat content (ca. 20 - 22% fat and 16% protein). Because of this Bearded dragons should only eat limited quantities of these worms to prevent obesity and growth stunting. Another problem is that Bearded dragons might refuse to eat anything else if they are spoiled with waxworms. More nutritious foodstuffs such as crickets and cockroaches should make up the bulk of Bearded dragon food.

Bearded dragon waxworms have a poor calcium to phosphorus ratio (1:7) and should be offered in a shallow escape proof dish with a suitable calcium supplementation to stimulate its intake. Waxworms only get to about 2.5 cm / 1 " in length. The earlier larval stages are perfect for the occasional baby Bearded dragon snack.

 
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