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.
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