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Feeder Crickets Nutritional Comparison

Feeder Crickets Nutritional Comparison

It was already mentioned that gut loaded feeder crickets make an excellent balanced source of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. They can be fed as main foodstuff for almost any insectivorous animal. In addition to this, cricket dusting can also be used to balance them more with regards to minerals, especially calcium.

Table 1: Average nutritional composition of the European house cricket (Acheta domestica) compared with other common feeder insects*.

Nutrient Percentage (%)    
Acheta domestica Chilecomadia moorei Galleria mellonella
Protein 19.6 16.2 16.0
Fat 5.6 5.2 20.0
Carbohydrates 3.0   0.4
Fibre 2.8   0.8
Moisture 69.0 58.6 63.0
Ash   1.04  
* Based on various internet sources.
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