Should You Feed Your Reptile BSF Larvae?

1st Jun 2021

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Should You Feed Your Reptile BSF Larvae?

What to Know About Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Larvae are one of the more unique reptile feeder insects, and they are perfectly safe to feed to your pet reptile. BSF Larvae are the larval stage of the Hermetia illucens, or the Black Soldier Fly, and while they resemble maggots, they could not be more different. Maggots typically turn into common pest insects like house flies. BSF Larvae are unique and renowned for  their benefits to agriculture, specifically their ability to compost waste such as manure into feed.

If you do not know much about BSF Larvae, it is time to learn! This insect packs quite the nutritional punch and will easily become a staple food for your pet bearded dragon, lizard, or other reptile. Here’s why:

  • BSF Larvae are extremely high in calcium.
  • BSF Larvae are an excellent source of protein.
  • BSF Larvae can be stored for two weeks at room temperature. When chilled to between 50 and 55 degrees, they will keep even longer. 

Can My Reptile Eat Adult Black Soldier Flies?

Adult Black Soldier Flies look like a blue-black wasp, but they pose no danger to your pet. These flies cannot actually sting, bite, or eat. They often die within 5 to 8 days, just living long enough to breed and lay their eggs. While some reptiles might enjoy chasing and eating the flies, feeding BSF Larvae is a more practical option. Many reptile owners choose to breed their own as the larvae will quickly propagate. You can get started by ordering high-quality BSF Larvae for sale from ABDragons.

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