Black Soldier Fly Larvae - The perfect high calcium feeder bug for Reptiles, Amphibians, Arachnids, Fish and Birds
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Black Soldier Fly Larvae 100

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Black soldier fly larvae can play a beneficial role in preventing and managing metabolic bone disease (MBD) in reptiles. MBD is a common condition in reptiles, especially those with inadequate calcium and vitamin D3 intake or improper calcium metabolism.
Here's how black soldier fly larvae can help with MBD:

Calcium-Rich Diet:

Black soldier fly larvae are an excellent source of calcium, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones and preventing MBD in reptiles. Calcium is a crucial mineral for reptiles, particularly those that require high levels of this nutrient. By incorporating black soldier fly larvae into a reptile's diet, you provide a natural and bioavailable source of calcium, reducing the risk of calcium deficiencies and related bone disorders.


Optimal Calcium-to-Phosphorus Ratio:


One of the key factors in preventing MBD is maintaining an appropriate calcium-to-phosphorus ratio in the reptile's diet. Black soldier fly larvae naturally possess an ideal calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, making them a valuable food source for reptiles. This balanced ratio ensures that the reptile can efficiently absorb and utilize the calcium without interference from excessive phosphorus, which can inhibit calcium absorption.

Gut Loading and Nutrient Enhancement:

As mentioned earlier, black soldier fly larvae can be gut-loaded with nutrient-rich foods before being fed to reptiles. This process involves feeding the larvae with calcium-rich foods, such as leafy greens or calcium supplements, to boost their calcium content. When the reptile consumes the gut-loaded larvae, it receives an enhanced dose of calcium, further supporting bone health and reducing the risk of MBD.

Vitamin D3 Production:

Reptiles require adequate levels of vitamin D3 to absorb and utilize calcium effectively. Black soldier fly larvae can naturally produce vitamin D3 when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. By exposing the larvae to UV light or feeding them a UVB-rich diet, the larvae can synthesize vitamin D3, which then transfers to the reptile upon consumption. This process can help address vitamin D3 deficiencies, promoting better calcium absorption and reducing the risk of MBD.


It's important to note that while black soldier fly larvae can contribute to the prevention and management of MBD, they should not be the sole solution.
Reptiles have varying dietary requirements, and a balanced diet that includes other calcium-rich foods, UVB exposure, and proper supplementation, if necessary, is crucial for overall reptile health. Regular veterinary check-ups and consultations with a reptile specialist are essential for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of metabolic bone disease in reptiles.

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by on April 4, 2023

I ordered 500 Black Soldier Fly larvae for the bluebirds, which have just hatched their first broods of the season. These are supposed to be more nutritious than mealworms or waxworms. The good news: Service was great. They arrived in 24 hours (from 30 miles away). Almost all alive. The bad news: These were all over a half inch long and over half had started turning dark. I had hoped they would live at least 3 weeks, until the bluebirds fledge. I don't think they will. We'll see.

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