Aussie Fauna Promoting Education and Pet Nutrition through silkworms
The silkworm has played an important role in teaching us the cycle of life and even perhaps initiating our desire to keep and raise "unusual" animals. The mention of silkworms often evokes childhood memories back to primary school days and raising these caterpillars in shoe boxes and raiding the neighbour’s Mulberry tree in an attempt to satiate their never ending appetites. Whether you are a teacher looking to add an inspiring project to your class or a pet owner looking to provide their pets with a healthy feeder insect, Aussie Fauna’s goal is to provide a premium and affordable silkworm rearing package.
Why are your silkworm eggs cheaper than other suppliers in Australia?
Aussie Fauna’s goal is to provide affordable silkworms for education and the pet industry. Rearing silkworms from eggs is by far the most economical way to inspire your students in the classroom or provide your pets with the nutritional benefits of silkworms. Over the last several years Aussie Fauna has strived to improve production standards with decreased costs and increased quality control with great success. We are excited to pass on these savings to those that are interested in growing silkworms for their own silkworms. Most importantly low costs does not equate to low quality. Aussie Fauna’s silkworms are bred in a veterinary approved facility which includes strict biosecurity, use of veterinary disinfectants to clean the facility and all equipment used to rear the silkworms. The silkworms are raised on premium European silkworm chow to ensure highest nutritional value. All of the eggs that you will receive have been “wintered” and are ready to hatch soon after arrival. You can expect over a 95% hatch rate of eggs provided, even so we still include extra eggs with every order to ensure that you start with the highest number of hatchlings possible!
Do you sell live silkworms?
We only sell silkworm chow and silkworm eggs on this website and do not currently sell live silkworms to the public. Please contact your local pet store for live silkworm supply.
Are The Eggs You Sell Ready To Hatch?
Yes, the eggs supplied have been “wintered” and have completed diapause. Before eggs are sold to the public, samples from each batch are hatched at our facility for quality assurance. If eggs have not hatched within 15 days of arrival please ensure that environmental conditions match that of the hatching instructions provided with each shipment. If you still are having problems please contact us.
Can I return the eggs to the refrigerator and hatch at a later date?
Eggs sent out have been removed from cold storage and have started to develop on their journey to your home. Once the eggs have arrived to your home it is too late to place into the refrigerator, and doing so may result in death of the developing worm and failure to hatch. For an extra fee, large orders can be shipped in a Styrofoam esky with a cooling pad. If shipped in this manner these eggs should be suitable for cold storage to hatch at a late time; however we cannot guarantee that refrigerated eggs will hatch due to improper temperature and storage procedures.
How soon will my eggs hatch once they arrive?
Silkworm eggs will hatch in approximately 2-7 days, depending on temperature and days in transit.
How Much Silkworm Chow Do I Need?
You can rear up to 1000 worms to about 4cm or 100 worms to cocoon on half a kilogram of the uncooked silkworm chow. So the amount of chow required really depends on if you want to raise your silkworms to cocoon in the classroom or to breed your own or how large you grow your silkworms before feeding them to your reptiles/frogs/birds/tarantulas, etc.
How long can I store the silkworm chow for?
Uncooked dry chow can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one year. Once the chow is cooked it can be stored in the refrigerator for one month.
Shipping / Return Policy
Orders are shipped Monday-Wednesday, any orders received after 5pm Tuesday will be shipped the following week.
Orders are shipped via Australia Post, and shipping costs are based on weight and packaging.
Refunds are not available on the silkworm chow or silkworm eggs. However, if there is a problem with the chow on arrival please contact us immediately and we will be happy to discuss possible options. Before eggs are sold to the public, samples from each batch are hatched at our facility for quality assurance. If eggs have not hatched within 15 days of arrival please ensure that environmental conditions match that of the hatching instructions provided with each shipment. If you are still having problems please contact us.