Waxworms vs. Mealworms

2nd Jun 2021

Waxworms or Mealworms

Which Is Feeder Insect Is Better for Your Pet Reptile?

Before you own a reptile, you might think that all worms or insect larvae are the same. We are here to tell you that they are not: Every type of worm has unique characteristics and benefits for your pet. That is why we recommend feeding your reptile a balanced diet to ensure he gets all the nutrients he needs. Today, as an example, we are looking more closely at two types of worms—waxworms and mealworms—and how they compare as live feeder insects for your pet bearded dragon, iguana, or other reptile. 


According to Top Flight Dubia, waxworms are the larval stage of the greater wax moth known as the Galleriamellonella. Waxworms look similar to caterpillars, and their bodies can be a variety of colors from brown to white or gray. How did they get their name? They can live on the beeswax in beehives, as well as the pollen and honey—but their presence can often be harmful to the hive.

Benefitsof Waxworms:

  • High in fat content
  • Ideal for rehabilitating reptiles after sickness or weight loss
  • Ideal for bearded dragons following their brumation
  • Easy to care for and keep alive before feeding to your pet


As Mealworm Care details, mealworms are not technically worms either. They are the larvae of darkling beetles. The larvae exist for about 8 weeks. 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 hard shell exoskeleton will be a soft and buttery treat for your reptile to enjoy.

Benefits of Mealworms:

  • Rich in vitamins A and B
  • Packed with protein and fiber
  • Easy to breed and raise

Providing Your Reptile With a Nutritious Diet

ABDragons Is Here to Help

As you can see, it is impossible to say whether waxworms or mealworms are better for your reptile. Bearded dragons, geckos, green anole, iguanas, and so many other reptiles enjoy both types of worms as part of a well-rounded and nutritious diet. We hope you will find a place for waxworms and mealworms in your pet’s meal plan. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team.

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