THE BEST INSECT FOR SUGAR GLIDERS
The larvae of the black soldier fly are one of the best and most recent nutritional discoveries for the diet of sugar gliders.
Why? Because they are low in fat, have a very high animal protein content and above a super ratio calcium: phosphorus!
This is why they are used as a base in the famous Highland diet, that is why they are given as a basic food for weak or sick suggies, and as a healthy snack for all sugar gliders!
They are currently considered as THE BEST way to administer calcium and animal protein in a natural way to your sugar gliders!
In addition, their shape and varied colors make them very attractive visually for sugar gliders, and with an attractive flavor that they simply love !!!
And not only for sugar gliders, little by little they are also becoming a superfood for hedgehogs, squirrels, birds, tropical fish and any other insect-eating animal!
THE IMPORTANCE OF CALCIUM IN THE DIET OF SUGAR GLIDERS
Most owners of suggies know that the goal of a diet is to achieve a ratio of calcium to phosphorus above 1 or 1.5, which means more calcium than phosphorus in the diet.
Unlike flour worms, crickets, zophobas superworms, etc. Calci-Yums (name in EXOTIC NUTRITION), Calci-Worms (name in NATURES GRUB) or BSFL (as they are known in English) have a ratio of 1.52 (see the nutritional comparison chart in additional photos).
Calcium deficiency is one of the most common problems of sugar gliders. “Nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism” (NSHP = metabolic bone disease) occurs when the diet of a sugar glider has too little calcium or too much phosphorus.
These larvae of black soldier flies have a ppm of calcium of 8155 (flour worms have a ppm of calcium of only 133). In addition, they are also rich in protein to support strong and healthy growth!
THE IMPORTANCE OF INSECTS IN THE SUGAR GLIDER DIET
In addition, the use of healthy insects as a snack or contribution in the diet has other benefits beyond the purely nutritional. Providing insects to your petauros helps you:
- Provide variety in the diet, which can be monotonous sometimes if the owner does not experiment or knows all the possibilities at their fingertips.
- The insects, as well as the snacks in branches or sticks, provide a good exercise for the teeth and the jaws of sugar bears, keeping them healthy and strong.
- Behavioral enrichment for pets that spend their entire lives in captivity, in a small and limited space. They are awakened by instinct, they keep their minds active and they bring a bit of joy when it comes to eating … if they can also be alive and kicking from time to time, better than better!
- And finally, snacks or treats, if they can be healthy and natural as insects, help to form a connection between petauro and owner, contributing to a better training and a better union.
INFORMATION ON THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY
Scientific name: Hermetia Illucen
From English, Black Soldier Fly Larvae, are commonly known as BSFL.
In Exotic NUtrition they even call them CALCI-YUM hehehe (because they have a lot of calcium and they are very yummy-yummy!)
English supplier, Natures Grub, calls them CALCI WORMS.
FORMAT OF THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY LARVAE
In our online shop for suggies, Sugar Glider Europe, you will find this superfood in 2 formats:
- Complete dehydrated larvae: to offer as any other dehydrated insect. Imported from various suppliers: Exotic Nutrition, Natures Grub and our super German insect supplier.
- Powdered larvae: cold-pressed and ground in powder. Ideal for those who can not stand insects per se and use them for the recipe of the Highland diet or to sprinkle on top of any diet as a dietary supplement. Imported from the official supplier of the creators of the HIGHLAND diet.
HOW TO USE THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY LARVAE
- One of the main contributions of protein in the HIGHLAND diet. 75 gr per batch of preparation are used.
- Extra contribution of protein powder, sprinkled regularly on porridge or fruit / vegetable mixture.
- Extra contribution of daily protein in pregnant / lactating females.
- To any sugar glider, whatever his diet, as a healthy snack and daily live food supply.
CONSERVATION OF BSFL
The larvae are usually dehydrated in the sun in a natural process, to maintain their nutritional value intact, and so they last for more than a year!
It is not necessary to refrigerate them once opened, but they can be stored in the fridge to increase their shelf life and maintain their properties to the maximum.
Crude Protein: 45 – 50% minimum, Crude Fat: 10 – 30% minimum Crude Fiber: 8 – 12% maximum, Ash: 12% maximum Moisture 6 – 8% maximum, Carbohydrates 15% maximum Phosphorous: 1% maximum, Calcium: 2 – 3% minimum