Silkworms (Bombyx mori) are the larvae of silk moths. Silkworms have been domesticated by man for the creation of silk, and do not exist naturally in the wild. Silkworms can easily be grown (they feed on Mulberry leaves) or purchased.
Benefits of Silkworms over other feeder insects and larvae include:
- High nutritional value. Silkworms are a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium etc. Silkworms have the highest protein content of the five most popular live feeder insects and larvae (Silkworms, Mealworms, Waxworms, Butterworms and Crickets)
- Soft body that doesn't contain chitin or an exoskeleton makes Silkworms easier to digest and less likely to cause impaction