- High calcium content
- Valuable proteins
- Natural feeding
- Easy breeding
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The maggots of the black soldier fly Hermetia illucens from the family of gun flies have been bred as live food in the USA for many years and are also becoming increasingly popular in this country. The "Phoenix Worms" have a particularly high content of valuable calcium, which is also present in a perfect ratio to phosphorus (1.5 : 2.1). The calcium content of the soldier fly maggot is unparalleled among terrarium food animals. Especially for reptiles calcium is very important for the prevention of rickets, and usually the animals do not get enough of it with their food insects. With Hermetia maggots you can save the tedious dusting of the food with calcium powder.
The high natural content of lauric acid in black soldier fly larvae is also an advantage - lauric acid is known for its antimicrobial properties, so it can prevent bacterial infections. Black soldier fly larvae make a great variety of live food and are a special treat for all insectivorous small animals, not just terrarium animals!
Keep the Hermetia larvae at about 10 - 12 °C, so that they last longer and do not pupate so quickly. Of course you can also feed the pupae. Even when soldier flies hatch, they are still a useful and good live food.
Breeding soldier fly larvae is not difficult. You need a small plastix box with an air-permeable lid (a fauna box is ideal). Soldier flies only get into mating mood with enough light, so your breeding container should be translucent and placed at a window without direct sunlight or be illuminated. The optimal temperature is 20-28 °C. The warmer, the faster the flies reproduce.
As substrate you use about 5 cm high lying unfertilized soil or coco humus mixed with wheat bran. The flies should have enough space to fly around later. Keep the substrate slightly moist, but not wet. Feed with vegetable scraps. Do not add more until the portion has been eaten. Make sure that the food does not become moldy! The first flies hatch after about 2-3 weeks.
If a soldier fly escapes, it is no problem, because Hermetia are slow flyers and always go towards the light. They cannot reproduce in the apartment.
When the larvae of the soldier fly turn dark, it is a sign that they are in the prepupal stage. Then they do not feed anymore. In the final pupal stage, the larvae can no longer move. After 2-3 weeks, the black soldier fly hatches.
Soldier fly larvae are a particularly calcium-rich live food. The flies contain on average 17% protein and only 9% fat.
Suitable for: medium to large fish, omnivorous and carnivorous crabs, newts, turtles, frogs and toads, snakes, salamanders and lizards. Also great for feeding chickens and other birds, hamsters, gerbils and other small mammals.
|Name:||Larvae of the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens)|
|Suitable for:||Medium to large fish, omnivorous and carnivorous crabs, newts, turtles, frogs and toads, snakes, salamanders and lizards. Also super for feeding chickens and other birds, hamsters, gerbils and other small mammals|
|Feeding:||very rich in calcium, relatively low in fat, valuable source of protein, about 3-4 times a week|
- Item no: 30213
- EAN No.: 4035675005414
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