Moths as a food source

  1. phelsumaman
    phelsumaman
    I breed lesser & greater wax moths as a food source for all of my day geckos, it's rare for me to use any of the worms due to fat content and concerns around digest ability.

    Do others use these as a food source and is anyone able to confirm the nutritional content? I believe them to be less fatty and to have a lower chitin content but have nothing to confirm this?

    Ben
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  2. GiantDayGecko.com
    GiantDayGecko.com
    Greeting Ben.

    I think they are a great food source and are digested well by day geckos. I wrote an article in REPTILES Magazine about this topic back in 1997. I would not feed too many at once but that would apply to crickets and mealworms as well.

    Here is the citation:
    Klarsfeld, J.D. 1997. How to culture the wax moth, Galleria mellonella. Reptiles 5(12):76-84.

    All the best, Jon
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  3. phelsumaman
    phelsumaman
    Many thanks Jon ill look for the article now, very interested in learning about how the moths could impact gecko health, as I said its very rare for me to use the larval stage due to concerns about digest ability and fat content but I feel that the moths are a safer bet plus all my day geckos seem to be attracted to the fluttering.

    Have you used the lesser wax moth at all (achorea grisella - sp?)

    Ben
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  4. GiantDayGecko.com
    GiantDayGecko.com
    Hello Ben,
    I have not used the lesser wax moth but I have fed the larva stage of the greater wax moth for many years with great results. I believe they are a excellent food source when used in combination with other insects and fruit mixes. Lizards and many other animals for that matter are not prone to the negative effects of fatty food especially arthrosclerosis the way people are. Their metabolism of fats is different then people. Having said that if you put a gecko in a terrarium and overfeed it high fat foods the end result will probably lead to an unhealthily gecko.

    Great discussion by the way. Thanks for participating!

    Jon
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