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KEEPING GRASSHOPPERS

Zonocerus spp


Keep the Grasshoppers in a tall container; a plastic sweet jar is ideal. There is sufficient air in the container, but provide some ventilation to prevent stale air. Provide twigs of the food plant which are almost the height of the jar to allow them to climb, this is essential for them to be able to moult successfully. These grasshoppers make little or no noise so pose no problems

SUBSTRATE The best substrate for these Grasshoppers is a mixture of peat compost and sand put in to a depth of 7.5cm. In a large cage this can be placed into containers inside the cage and replaced once eggs are seen to have been laid.

TEMPERATURE The ideal range is 18° - 35°C.( The lower the temp. the slower the growth rate.) with a fine water spray in the cage about twice each week, without making the cage wet as mould is a potential insect killer.

FOOD Feed on. Bramble, Rose, Oak

or Beech replacing the food as soon as it is spoiled or completely eaten.

BREEDING This is an easy species to breed with the adults mating freely once adult. Eggs hatch after 3months at the higher temperatures and the young are raised in the same way as the adults.

This species will show both macropterous (fully winged) and brachypterous (half winged forms)