LIVE INSECT ORDERS
Please note that our bulk live insects can only be purchased in lots/quantities of 250 via our website - e.g. 250, 500, 750, etc. except silkworms which are available in quantities of 25. If you require less than the mminimum bulk amount our Handy Packs are available in all sizes and types of insect with the quantites available in each shown on the product pages.
If you have any further questions or are unsure about any of the above, please contact us prior to placing an order.
Used for centuries in the production of silk in China, it has been only fairly recently that these insects have become readily available as a regular feeder insect for captive animals. This process has been accelerated by the development of a specific artificial diet used solely for raising silkworms. Whereas before the only way to maintain these insects was the monotonous and painstaking daily collection of fresh mulberry leaf, now it is as simple as mixing some mulberry powder with water, cooking it in a microwave for a short period and storing that in the fridge for days or even weeks providing a convenient and complete diet to raise these caterpillars.
The benefits for animals being fed silkworms are massive. They are generally regarded as probably the single most nutritious of all the commonly available insect food items as they are relatively low in fat, high in protein, have a good calcium:phosphorus ratio, are a good source of essential vitamins, especially A and B complex and to top it all off they are very palatable to most animals and easy to digest. Livefood's silkworms are sold in three convenient sizes to suit your needs, small, medium and large, size ranges of each are shown under the guide photo on each of their respective product pages, plus we offer a range of sizes of packets of silkworm food in case you would like to grow your silkworms on to a larger size. They are easy to house and handle as they don't require any special heating, humidity, lighting, etc. and as they aren't escape artists or prone to hiding away the cage set up is very simple and straightforward to maintain. just keep their boxes clean and keep the food coming and they will be happy!
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