Bugs, Grubs and Maggots for feeding
These are the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly, don't let its name put you off, these are a sub tropical fly, they do not sting or bite, in fact, the fly itself has no mouth parts as it does not feed. Both the fly and particularly the larvae make an excellent and very clean feed for creatures such as Mantis, beardies and amphibians. They are very high in calcium and do not need to be gut loaded prior to feeding.
The reason for them being a "clean" feed is the fact that the larvae feed on fallen vegetation, fruit etc unlike the decaying meat that blowflies such as Blue and Green bottles need.
The larvae do not need feeding and should be kept at a warm room temperature, if they get very warm they may darken and "caster" this is not a problem as they also make a very good feed. If you should be lucky enough for the fly to hatch there is no concern with it getting out into the wild, they cannot live in our low temperatures.
The mention of maggots often conjures up ideas that they are dirty, smelly creatures to be avoided at all costs, usually because we have seen them on a piece of decaying meat or we have bought them from a fishing tackle shop where they have not been looked after properly, these ideas are a long way from the truth, maggots that are offered for sale have long given up feeding so have been away from meat for some time, if looked after properly they have been kept chilled in sawdust that is changed and riddled on a regular basis, kept like this they are clean and do not smell.
The maggots we offer as feeds are actually kept in bran, this keeps them soft and more digestible also a bit of bran stuck to them is better for your creatures than sawdust!
There are 3 different types giving 3 distinctly different sizes, using the fishing names that most people know they are natural maggots from the Bluebottle fly, Pinkies (although naturally white!) from the Greenbottle fly and Squats from the Housefly.
Fly casters (pupae)
Casters that are supplied by fishing tackle shops have often been subject to different treatments in order to give them a long shelf life, this includes keeping in an airless bag, freezing, vacuum packing with or without a preservative, in almost all cases the number of live casters able to hatch into flies is either none existent or extremely low, the last thing anglers want is casters turning to flies!
Our casters start life as good, clean maggots kept in an extremely clean environment, they have been allowed to continue the process of pupating naturally, manually checked to ensure you receive only the highest quality, viable creatures, on dispatch they are fully turned, packed in fine, fresh sawdust, ready to continue to flies, they have not been treated in any way, kept in warm conditions on arrival this process will continue, keep them in an enclosed dark but airy container and a week or so later they will hatch into flies, alternatively they can be refrigerated and the process of pupating slowed allowing you to time sufficient supplies just right for your fly eating insect, reptile or amphibian!
PLEASE NOTE, occasionally there may be a delay or so in dispatch if we are low on stock or they are not turning to the rules, please do not order "Guaranteed Next Day" without calling us first to check.
Premium Grade Mealworms
Mealworms are an excellent feed as they are high in protein. Mealworms are not suitable for all species or for some small or juvenile lizards. Our premium grade mealworms undertake a regime of constant cleaning and feeding before selling. They are fed a balanced and nutritional diet, including fruit and vegetables! This is beneficial to the mealworms, and ensures they are in the best of nutritional condition when they are used for amphibians and reptiles. We dispatch them in strong plastic containers - not bags, they will have enough food included to keep them for a week or more. The containers and lids being of good quality will have many other uses or can be easily recycled.
We guarantee they are the highest quality mealworms on the market.
To get the most from your purchase, see our advice sheet on how to keep your mealworms.
We do not supply dried mealworms. Read our advice sheet on why dried mealworms make a poor feed.
All orders include FREE standard delivery within the UK. Note, to ensure our live products reach you in the best condition, orders received after 2pm on Thursdays will not be dispatched until the following Monday (or Tuesday if Bank Holiday). Please read our dispatch information before ordering.