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There's been a load of threads recently about how to breed Locusts, so I thought I'd tell people how I do it.

Housing
I use two large tanks (24x15x20", WDH), one for adults and one for grown on locusts that are near adults.
Once the Locusts have turned to adults they get moved into the adult tank to replace any that have died off.
Both tanks have full vented lids and egg cartons inside for extra ground space and to hang from during moulting.

Temperature/Humidity
I use a reflector bulb pointing down at one end of the tank to simulate sunshine and heat mats underneath and around the edges of the same end of the tank, the bulb is on from 6am to 8pm and during the night the heat mats do the work.
This holds the temperature at about 28c-30c 24 hours a day with a day/night cycle.
Keep the humidity as low as possible, which the full mesh top will help with.

Food/water
I feed my Locusts on bran and veg, any veg that I feed my BD's on is good,I make sure they they never run out of food.
I don't provide my Locusts with a water bowl, I've found that they drown and are perfectly OK with water obtained from their veg.

Breeding
Providing the temperatures aren't too cold I have found that adults will mate without any help.
Provide a few tubs with 10cm (4 inches) of soil for egg laying,ice-cream tubs are good for this, position these tubs over the heat mats and keep the soil moist but not soaking.
You can remove the tubs to separate incubating tanks if you want to (incubate at 28c) but I don't have the room so I leave them in with the adults and they do fine.
You should be able to see that eggs have been layed because there will be holes in the soil where the Locust has pushed the entire rear end if its body into the soil to lay the eggs, you may also see "spiderweb" looking white stuff on the surface of the soil, this comes out with the eggs and is normal.
Once the eggs have been layed it usually takes around 10 days for the baby Locusts to start digging their way out of the soil, I then collect them and keep them in cricket tubs with a piece of egg carton and feed them the same as adults.
Once the babies have got bigger they are either fed off to my animals or put back into the tub to become adults and lay their own eggs.

These are only my own methods which I have found to work well and may or may not work for others.
 

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cheers thats helpful, was thinking bout doing it fairly soon.

Could we make this sticky?
 

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cheers thats helpful, was thinking bout doing it fairly soon.

Could we make this sticky?




Was thinking about doing this myself grate info !!!
 

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A big thx for that, there seems to be very little info on the web about breeding locusts, I'm off to Taunton thursday to buy a load ill let you know how my breeding goes :) hopefully.
 

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no problem, i was bored at home alone so it was something to do.
You'll need to ask a mod to get it made a sticky.
 

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thanks for taking the time to put this info up. i has helped me and im sure alot of others :smile:
 

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Tried breeding crickets before, but the smell made me stop. Do locusts smell anything like crix? If not i could prolly deal with breeding them. Would it be alright to leave the eggs/babies in with the adults?
 

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my crix dont smell :S
I am going to breed locusts soon...good info. I would use a 2x1x1 though...
 

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I am successfully breeding them too, unless ive been lucky it seems really easy to do. Set it all up about a month ago and ive got babies already.
 

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Thanks for that, will get some adults next week, will probably feed the roach colony I got to my gecko's and use that set up to try and breed the locust. DOn't rally do anything with the roaches even though I bought them for food, keep forgetting about them even though the breed like wildfire :lol2:


Good luck with your own impending delivery (from your sig) :))
 

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how do you know they are adults and are sexually mature? with crix i know you can tell with the wings etc churping noise and the actually thing on back of the woman near her butt lol
 

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Quality inforamtion! Thanks! You bred anything else?

Do you have any pictures of your locust set up?
 

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I think they do need a light source and not a lot will happen if you just stick them in an airing cupboard!

Slightly moist sand is the way forward. It's the best thing, as it doesn't collapse when they've laid their eggs in it.

Yeah, when they're full adults they do!
 
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