Why choose Vita-Bugs®?
Currently commercial insect are primarily raised for rapid growth using the lowest cost ingredients. As a result insect diets do not contain the same nutrients that wild insects would naturally consume. Vita-Bug® insects are fed a modified diet to increase their nutritional content to be more in line with wild insects.
Insect Dusting and Insect Gut-Loading
Insect Dusting – Dusting insects to provide additional nutrients can lead to inconsistent results since factors such as grooming, the time between dusting and feeding, the palatability of the dust and the particle size of the dust itself all effect how much is actually consumed. In a recent study crickets groomed off over 50% of the dust applied to it within 2.5 minutes (Li et al 2009). So delivering a specific amount of nutrients is a challenge when relying on dusting.
Insect Gut Loading -While properly formulated gut-loading diets can enhance the value of feeder insects many commercial gut-loading diets either do not contain sufficient nutrients, they use the wrong forms of some nutrients or they are relatively unpalatable meaning the nutrients don’t get eaten (Finke et al 2005). So again unless the gut-loading diet is proven through published research it is difficult to determine if a particular gut-loading diet delivers the right nutrients in the right form for the insectivore.
After more than 7 years of research and development the Vita-Bug® process has been created. Vita-Bugs® feeder insects are grown using a scientifically formulated diet with enhanced nutrient content that enhances the nutrient content of the insect’s tissues. Vita-Bug® crickets, superworms, mealworms and waxworms contain nutrients more like those found in wild insects (Finke 2015). It is important to note that this process changes the internal make-up of the insects so it is NOT an applied process that quickly “wears off”.
*Timberline crickets ship directly from the breeder in Marion, IL and are shipped UPS Next Day Air.
These orders CANNOT be combined with any dry goods or other live insect from JoshsFrogs.com.
Orders placed Monday - Thursday by 5pm ET will arrive the next morning.
Orders placed after 5pm ET Thursday through Monday will arrive the following Tuesday.
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