When Gerry Marantelli set out to breed frogs he needed food, lots of it! By the early 1980’s catching insects around lights and under logs became inadequate. There were no live food suppliers in Australia, no insect farms and next to no information. From there we learnt to grow quality food for our frogs, developed and scaled up insect cultivation techniques and on request from others began selling surplus insects. From our first “at the door” sales in 1989 to local frog and lizard keepers, to our current millions of insects produced each week, we have never stopped improving.
We are now one of the biggest suppliers of live insects in Australia – we are certainly the oldest. We have grown only as we needed to – to feed the frogs and to make the funds (profits from insect sales) to cover frog conservation that the government fails to pay for. It may interest you to know that while conservation has become more important and frogs have become more endangered, the Governments of Australia spend less and less on frogs and their conservation. During the 2014-15 financial year all governments combined gave the ARC a grand total of $0.00. That means ALL our frog breeding, release and conservation work was funded only by profits from insect sales – we spent over $250,000 saving frogs in 2014-15.
Every time you shop with us you get the best and safest insects possible for your animals. Our insects are tested not just by feeding frogs but by releasing frogs. No-one else can tell you their insects produced frogs (or any other animals) fit enough to reverse extinction!
But we don’t stop there. We analyse food and try new things like sending insects through an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (yes a mouthful) to see what they are made of. I’m sure they had one on the Enterprise but this miraculous device fires and vaporises the sample through a 9,000°C plasma stream – and reads the signature electromagnetic radiation produced by each excited atom- telling us exactly what each insect is made of! We even send some frogs through to see what they have made of themselves based on the insect diet we have produced. So as you can see, we are serious scientists on a mission to save frogs, but that mission has allowed us to develop the techniques that now bring you what we believe are Australia’s highest quality and most tested insects.
Our crickets are grown under the strictest conditions - they need to be! The ARCade is growing crickets to feed some of the world's most critically endangered species at the ARC. Our quarantine facility is protected from pests and diseases without the use of pesticides. We only use the highest-grade food possible and your insects are treated with the same care as our own - we pack your feeder insects straight from the same boxes we use to feed the endangered frogs that we breed and release on your behalf.
Our frozen insects travel better and last longer. We freeze them below -80°C, colder than the South Pole and more than sixty degrees colder than your freezer.
Shopping with us gets you the best insects available. We’ll also beat any price and when you shop at the ARCade you are supporting conservation. Do you really have any reason left to get your feeder insects elsewhere?