What do mealworms and wax worms eat?

What do mealworms and wax worms eat?

Waxworms in the wild favour a diet of grains, like bran, wheatgerm and oatmeal, but they particularly like honey. The link to the honey is actually where they get their name from. Wax worms treat bee hives as bottomless buffets.

Can you put wax worms with mealworms?

I always have a few “treat” items handy for Gordon. So once a week he gets a mealworm, sometimes twice a week. Last week I decided to get a few waxworms to mix up his weekly treat. Without hesitation I just put them in with the mealworms that I keep in some oats in a little container.

Do wax worms eat?

Adult waxworms (wax moths) don’t eat or drink. They live off the fat they stored as larvae long enough to breed and lay their eggs (about a week), then die.

How do you keep mealworms and wax worms alive?

Storage. Waxworms should be kept at a constant cool temperature (55-60°); this will keep them dormant and ensure that they last several weeks. Most refrigerators are too cold to store them in, but the refrigerator door or a wine cooler is a little warmer and will usually work fine.

Will wax worms eat fruit?

Every 4 to 5 weeks, add more food. In addition to the cereal/honey mixture, wax worms eat leafy greens and slices of apples or oranges. If your colony is successful, the worms will begin to spin cocoons.

Are wax worms and mealworms the same thing?

As Mealworm Care details, mealworms are not technically worms either. Unlike waxworms, which are always soft, mealworms have a harder exterior that they will molt and shed many times during their brief life cycle. Under that exoskeleton will be a soft and buttery treat for your reptile to enjoy.

Can Crested Geckos eat wax worms?

Feeder Insects: Crickets or feeder roaches, but crested geckos will sometimes eat waxworms. Feeder Insects: Crickets and, roaches. Sparingly feed mealworms, superworms, and waxworms as a treat.

How long will wax worms stay alive?

Pupae can hatch rapidly or take up to 2 months to hatch depending on temperature. Adult wax moths are 3/4” with longer wing span (1-1/4 to 1-1/2”). They live for about 1-3 weeks, during which time they mate and lay eggs.

Can you feed dead wax worms?

Wax worms shouldn’t be refrigerated. They do best in temps of 55-60 degrees f. I wouldn’t feed dead wax worms…but then again, I wouldn’t feed live ones either. It simply leads to issues with the geckos not wanting other foods, not to mention possible issues like fatty liver disease.