Insect breeders breed, raise and sell many varieties of bugs. Some insects are raised on farms, using the natural habitat as their breeding ground. But most are raised in large greenhouses where the insect’s favorite trees and bushes are planted. Insects are bred for many important purposes.
Many hobbyists and children enjoy breeding bugs. Some of the most popular bugs keep as pets include giant cockroaches (litter bugs), beetles, spiny and giant walking sticks and mantids. Many breeders sell insect breeding kits, which include both male and female bugs, housing, egg hatching containers and instructions. Breeding kits can be ordered online from reputable insect breeders.
A bug breeder will breed insects to sell as food for other pets such as lizards, dragons, frogs, skinks, geckos, turtles, fish and birds. Crickets, roaches, and mealworms are favorites. These feeder insects are bred on farms and sold to pet stores nationwide. However breeding insects at home has become very popular.
In addition to being a tasty meal for animals, insects are also bred as food for humans. In many parts of the world, insects are considered delicacies. They are very high in protein and low in fat. Insect breeders are able to ship insects directly to restaurants worldwide. Smaller breeding facilities are able to hand-deliver them just in time for dinner!
Insects are also bred for scientific research, medical treatments, DNA testing, and forensic science. Blow flies, for example, are often used for medical research purposes. Some breeders breed only flies for medicinal maggot treatment in hospitals. Insect breeders also sell insects to breeding programs, schools and universities, zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and other animal facilities. They can also be sold to film studios when many insects are required to stand-in for a swarm of locusts or other actors.
Under the proper conditions, insects are relatively easy to breed and care for and because of the interest and need for insects, the insect breeder is in high demand.