Live crickets and other insects
 
Scientific Name.............................................Zophobas morio
Common Name.............................................Superworm
Size................................................................1"-2"

Like mealworms, superworms are the larvae of a darkling beetle, Zophobas morio. Not to be confused with giant mealworms, which are just mealworms sprayed with a juvenile hormone, superworms are a great source of calcium, fat, and fiber. Compared to mealworms, superworms yield much higher amounts of those three, mostly due to the hard chitin that superworms have. This rather thick chitin can make it harder for your pet to eat, so be sure when buying them your pet can handle chomping through it. The chitin makes the biggest difference when it comes to nutrition, so here’s an analysis of our superworms at Fluker’s:

Analysis of a Superworm:
Moisture: 61.92% 
Fat: 14.19% 
Protein: 19.06% 
Fiber: 2.6% 
Calcium: 173 ppm

Superworms also have the ability to bite, unlike mealworms, and have a small pin on their backs they can use for attacking, sort of like a scorpion, so use caution when feeding to a younger animal!

Superworms are much more active than mealworms, which makes them more desirable in some cases, specifically if your pet enjoys hunting or a picky eater. Many insectivorous creatures are attracted to movement, which makes superworms a desirable choice. Superworms also last longer than mealworms in the pupae stage; superworms stay as pupae for upwards of three months while mealworms only last a few weeks. However, superworms do not last in a refrigerated environment unlike mealworms, as cold temperatures don’t send them into hibernation. 


Caring for Superworms:

A one thousand count Superworm bulk can be kept in a large plastic container, with air holes in the top. You should cover the Superworms with a thick layer of wheat middling, oat meal, or Fluker's own mealworm bedding to provide bedding and a food source.

Superworms are relatively easy to keep, just keep them at room temperature. Place slices of potato on the top for water.

As said before, Do NOT refrigerate the Superworms. Unlike other feeder insects, refrigerating Superworms does not cause a hibernation. 


You can purchase Live Superworms here.