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Waxworms for wild birds are a high-energy food source. They have an extremely high protein and fat content and are a great energy source for during the nesting and fledgling season.  Buy waxworms for birds to encourage ground-feeding and soft bill species into your garden. Every purchase supports the Wildlife Trusts. 

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Waxworms are the caterpillar larvae of the wax moth, which is part of the Pyralidae family of moths. The adult moths are sometimes referred to as ‘bee moths’. This name comes from the fact that wild populations are nest parasites that live in bee colonies where they eat gathered pollen and the shedded skin of bees. They will also chew through bees’ wax – which is also where the name ‘wax moth’ comes from. 

 

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FAQ Title 1

How do I feed waxworms to birds?

FAQ Content 1

Waxworms are best fed to wild birds using a live bird feeder. This prevents wax worms, and other live foods like mealworms, from wriggling away. 

FAQ Title 2

How should I keep waxworms?

FAQ Content 2

Storing live waxworms is a straightforward process. When you buy waxworms online from Vine House Farm through our delivery service, they arrive in specially-made plastic tubs that allow them to breath. You can store them in these tubs, in a cool, dry, dark place. 

Unlike live mealworms, most fridges are too cold to store live waxworms in. Temperatures should be kept at a consistent level, around 15 degrees Celsius. A cellar or garage floor are usually suitable. 

FAQ Title 3

Are waxworms good for birds?

FAQ Content 3

Live worms, including waxworms and live mealworms, are very important types of bird food

The easily digestible protein, combined with their high water content, makes waxworms an ideal food source for birds still in the nest and birds that are fledging. Birds that are still nesting are unable to leave their nest to access water by themselves, and when they initially fledge that may not be able to drink by themselves for several days or weeks.  

In the wild, natural sources of moisture for young birds would be fed by parent birds in the form of earthworms from the ground and caterpillars from trees, shrubs and plants. However, when temperatures are high and the ground is dry, it is harder for parent birds to source earthworms by themselves. This is where live mealworms and waxworms can help to bridge the gap and provide a much-needed source of hydration for birds. 

Of the many species of garden bird which are red-listed or in decline, insectivores have been the worst hit. Urbanisation and climate change have meant that insects have become harder to come by for birds. Because of this, it is advisable to buy live waxworms for birds, as well as other live foods, to help facilitate breeding. 

FAQ Title 4

Breeding waxworms: how are they farmed?

FAQ Content 4

Live waxworms for birds are kept at the larvae stage of their life cycle. If left to develop, they would naturally develop a cocoon and then form into a Greater Wax Moth

Waxworms are relatively easy to breed. The process is carried out in controlled conditions in a specialist facility to ensure consistent quality. They are fed honey and wheatgerm by breeders as part of the rearing process. 

FAQ Title 5

Which birds eat waxworms? 

FAQ Content 5

Live waxworms will be consumed by most insect and invertebrate-eating birds in the UK. Their soft skin makes them an ideal bird food for fledgling and soft-billed birds. 

This includes: 

  • Robins
  • House sparrows
  • Tits
  • Starlings
  • Blackbirds
  • Wrens 
  • Song thrushes
FAQ Title 6

What do waxworms eat? 

FAQ Content 6

In the wild, waxworms are nest parasites in beehives and colonies. They usually feed on a combination of bees' pollen, nests, shed skins and honeycombs.

When they are reared, waxworms are fed wheatgerm and honey. If you buy mealworms for wild birds, they will survive at least 8 weeks without food if kept in the correct conditions. 

 

1 tub is 75g with approx. 250 wax worms

Orders for waxworms are sent directly from the supplier via Royal Mail and therefore exempt from our next day delivery service. They are dispatched the same day if orders are received by 2pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm on Fridays. Please allow four working days for orders to arrive.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Anonymous

    100%

    They do n’t last long in the food dish.Some very happy young blackbirds.

    28/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    I was new to waxworms: they arrived very much alive and well the day after ordering, and survived a fortnight in their wood-shaving box. I put them out a few a day, and the birds loved them. Handling them was fine - they're a bit wriggly but plump and easy enough to transfer to the feeder.

    12/04/2021
  • Jennie Muraszewski

    100%

    The birds adore this product and the waxworms are devoured very quickly. Clearly succulent and healthy I put them on feeders specifically for the tit family. They’re gone very quickly. There are quite a lot provided by Vine House in good condition and good storage facilities. Can definitely recommend them

    17/03/2021
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Our birds love wax worms but should not have too many. They are too rich and we all know what happens if we've had a lot of rich food! However, the product is excellent and arrived well packaged, in first class condition.

    06/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All the birds - robins, blackbirds sparrows great tits - really love these, and when feeding young prefer them to mealworms. Its amazing how many (over a dozen) the blackbirds get in their beaks at once. I have to ration them or they would all go within a day.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Mistakenly not delivered first time but error was rectified speedily and replacement delivery prompt. Waxworms all healthy and MUCH enjoyed by baby robins who waited by back door for them in the mornings!

    30/07/2020
  • Lynda Kelly

    100%

    Great, the birds loved them

    30/07/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Robins love them, but should not have too many. Excellent condition on arrival and keep well also.

    11/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with blackbirds in my garden

    01/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very expensive so I just put a few out every day for a few days. I wasn't sure how to serve them - with or without wood chippings - as I've had them in the past and the birds didn't find them so they died and went bad. This time I have a new bird table where the birds are used to going and eventually they found them. They seemed to go down very well with the blackbirds, who I bought them for. A real treat, apparently.

    29/06/2020
  • Vance Lupton

    100%

    As always, the birds love these! My problem is the dam things are white and arrive in a plastic tub filled with white shavings! They also move about so just when you think the tub is empty you spot another of the little wrigglers!

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with all the birds but the starlings didn’t want to share and came mob handed to had the lions share.

    28/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I thought it would be a good idea to feed these live grubs to wild birds who obviously gobbled them up along with my chickens. Felt sorry about sacrificing them afterwards though. ☹️

    28/05/2020
  • Emlyn Hicks

    100%

    Spot on!!!!!!! Spot on !!!!!!!!! the blackbirds loved them

    28/04/2020
  • Ian Holmes

    100%

    These worms are so popular with the blue tits, they are always taken before the mealworms.

    27/04/2020
  • Andrew Fuller

    100%

    Hi there great service the only problem is the mail service takes to long to get here I would find a better mail service which does do next day delivery. Kind regards Andrew fuller

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    if order in the morning it comes the next day usually that is great the very few small birds i see in central London now love them

    02/03/2020
  • John Goodspeed

    100%

    The birds love them. They are clean and easy to feed.

    20/08/2019
  • Mr john Macaulay

    100%

    These fat white grubs are taken from my hand by the robins and great tits. They love them and it gives me great joy to feed them. My grand daughter also loves to feed them, taking pictures of them feeding with her iPhone as they take them from her hand

    30/04/2019
  • Mr john Goodspeed

    100%

    Theyc ame quickly and the birds love them even more than meal worms.

    02/08/2018

Waxworms are the caterpillar larvae of the wax moth, which is part of the Pyralidae family of moths. The adult moths are sometimes referred to as ‘bee moths’. This name comes from the fact that wild populations are nest parasites that live in bee colonies where they eat gathered pollen and the shedded skin of bees. They will also chew through bees’ wax – which is also where the name ‘wax moth’ comes from. 

 

1 tub is 75g with approx. 250 wax worms

Orders for waxworms are sent directly from the supplier via Royal Mail and therefore exempt from our next day delivery service. They are dispatched the same day if orders are received by 2pm Mon-Thurs, 12pm on Fridays. Please allow four working days for orders to arrive.

All prices in our catalogue and on our website include delivery; there are no hidden extra costs. Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched on that day using a next working day delivery service. Therefore an order placed on Tuesday morning should be delivered on Wednesday and an order placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday.

We don't deliver on Saturdays or Bank Holidays. We offer a no sigature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags.

Live food orders and orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

If you have not received your order within 7 working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK and Northern Ireland with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied.
Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

  • Anonymous

    100%

    They do n’t last long in the food dish.Some very happy young blackbirds.

    28/05/2021
  • Anonymous

    80%

    I was new to waxworms: they arrived very much alive and well the day after ordering, and survived a fortnight in their wood-shaving box. I put them out a few a day, and the birds loved them. Handling them was fine - they're a bit wriggly but plump and easy enough to transfer to the feeder.

    12/04/2021
  • Jennie Muraszewski

    100%

    The birds adore this product and the waxworms are devoured very quickly. Clearly succulent and healthy I put them on feeders specifically for the tit family. They’re gone very quickly. There are quite a lot provided by Vine House in good condition and good storage facilities. Can definitely recommend them

    17/03/2021
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Our birds love wax worms but should not have too many. They are too rich and we all know what happens if we've had a lot of rich food! However, the product is excellent and arrived well packaged, in first class condition.

    06/08/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    All the birds - robins, blackbirds sparrows great tits - really love these, and when feeding young prefer them to mealworms. Its amazing how many (over a dozen) the blackbirds get in their beaks at once. I have to ration them or they would all go within a day.

    30/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Mistakenly not delivered first time but error was rectified speedily and replacement delivery prompt. Waxworms all healthy and MUCH enjoyed by baby robins who waited by back door for them in the mornings!

    30/07/2020
  • Lynda Kelly

    100%

    Great, the birds loved them

    30/07/2020
  • Roger Finch

    100%

    Robins love them, but should not have too many. Excellent condition on arrival and keep well also.

    11/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with blackbirds in my garden

    01/07/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very expensive so I just put a few out every day for a few days. I wasn't sure how to serve them - with or without wood chippings - as I've had them in the past and the birds didn't find them so they died and went bad. This time I have a new bird table where the birds are used to going and eventually they found them. They seemed to go down very well with the blackbirds, who I bought them for. A real treat, apparently.

    29/06/2020
  • Vance Lupton

    100%

    As always, the birds love these! My problem is the dam things are white and arrive in a plastic tub filled with white shavings! They also move about so just when you think the tub is empty you spot another of the little wrigglers!

    29/06/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    Very popular with all the birds but the starlings didn’t want to share and came mob handed to had the lions share.

    28/05/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    I thought it would be a good idea to feed these live grubs to wild birds who obviously gobbled them up along with my chickens. Felt sorry about sacrificing them afterwards though. ☹️

    28/05/2020
  • Emlyn Hicks

    100%

    Spot on!!!!!!! Spot on !!!!!!!!! the blackbirds loved them

    28/04/2020
  • Ian Holmes

    100%

    These worms are so popular with the blue tits, they are always taken before the mealworms.

    27/04/2020
  • Andrew Fuller

    100%

    Hi there great service the only problem is the mail service takes to long to get here I would find a better mail service which does do next day delivery. Kind regards Andrew fuller

    27/04/2020
  • Anonymous

    100%

    if order in the morning it comes the next day usually that is great the very few small birds i see in central London now love them

    02/03/2020
  • John Goodspeed

    100%

    The birds love them. They are clean and easy to feed.

    20/08/2019
  • Mr john Macaulay

    100%

    These fat white grubs are taken from my hand by the robins and great tits. They love them and it gives me great joy to feed them. My grand daughter also loves to feed them, taking pictures of them feeding with her iPhone as they take them from her hand

    30/04/2019
  • Mr john Goodspeed

    100%

    Theyc ame quickly and the birds love them even more than meal worms.

    02/08/2018

FAQS

How do I feed waxworms to birds?

Waxworms are best fed to wild birds using a live bird feeder. This prevents wax worms, and other live foods like mealworms, from wriggling away. 

How should I keep waxworms?

Storing live waxworms is a straightforward process. When you buy waxworms online from Vine House Farm through our delivery service, they arrive in specially-made plastic tubs that allow them to breath. You can store them in these tubs, in a cool, dry, dark place. 

Unlike live mealworms, most fridges are too cold to store live waxworms in. Temperatures should be kept at a consistent level, around 15 degrees Celsius. A cellar or garage floor are usually suitable. 

Are waxworms good for birds?

Live worms, including waxworms and live mealworms, are very important types of bird food

The easily digestible protein, combined with their high water content, makes waxworms an ideal food source for birds still in the nest and birds that are fledging. Birds that are still nesting are unable to leave their nest to access water by themselves, and when they initially fledge that may not be able to drink by themselves for several days or weeks.  

In the wild, natural sources of moisture for young birds would be fed by parent birds in the form of earthworms from the ground and caterpillars from trees, shrubs and plants. However, when temperatures are high and the ground is dry, it is harder for parent birds to source earthworms by themselves. This is where live mealworms and waxworms can help to bridge the gap and provide a much-needed source of hydration for birds. 

Of the many species of garden bird which are red-listed or in decline, insectivores have been the worst hit. Urbanisation and climate change have meant that insects have become harder to come by for birds. Because of this, it is advisable to buy live waxworms for birds, as well as other live foods, to help facilitate breeding. 

Breeding waxworms: how are they farmed?

Live waxworms for birds are kept at the larvae stage of their life cycle. If left to develop, they would naturally develop a cocoon and then form into a Greater Wax Moth

Waxworms are relatively easy to breed. The process is carried out in controlled conditions in a specialist facility to ensure consistent quality. They are fed honey and wheatgerm by breeders as part of the rearing process. 

Which birds eat waxworms? 

Live waxworms will be consumed by most insect and invertebrate-eating birds in the UK. Their soft skin makes them an ideal bird food for fledgling and soft-billed birds. 

This includes: 

  • Robins
  • House sparrows
  • Tits
  • Starlings
  • Blackbirds
  • Wrens 
  • Song thrushes

What do waxworms eat? 

In the wild, waxworms are nest parasites in beehives and colonies. They usually feed on a combination of bees' pollen, nests, shed skins and honeycombs.

When they are reared, waxworms are fed wheatgerm and honey. If you buy mealworms for wild birds, they will survive at least 8 weeks without food if kept in the correct conditions. 

 

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