What locusts like?

NickAVD

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Foxy
I would like to know what locusts like and what you feed them.
I buy locusts from time to time and they live in my container for some time. I always fed her arugula, carrots and apples, and also always put a drinking bowl with water. The locusts ate very little and were "sad". Yesterday I tried putting bok choy leaves. They attacked these leaves and ate both the green part and the white part in half an hour, like piranhas. I realized that I didn’t know at all about what they liked from food. Does anyone have any more advice? Because I don't always have bok choy on hand.
 

Hazel_Basil10

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Hazel my female two year old beardie
I would like to know what locusts like and what you feed them.
I buy locusts from time to time and they live in my container for some time. I always fed her arugula, carrots and apples, and also always put a drinking bowl with water. The locusts ate very little and were "sad". Yesterday I tried putting bok choy leaves. They attacked these leaves and ate both the green part and the white part in half an hour, like piranhas. I realized that I didn’t know at all about what they liked from food. Does anyone have any more advice? Because I don't always have bok choy on hand.
I have no idea what those are never heard of them.....so I don't know 😅
 

xp29

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Zen , Ruby ,Snicker Doodles, Sweet Pea, Sinatra
I would like to know what locusts like and what you feed them.
I buy locusts from time to time and they live in my container for some time. I always fed her arugula, carrots and apples, and also always put a drinking bowl with water. The locusts ate very little and were "sad". Yesterday I tried putting bok choy leaves. They attacked these leaves and ate both the green part and the white part in half an hour, like piranhas. I realized that I didn’t know at all about what they liked from food. Does anyone have any more advice? Because I don't always have bok choy on hand.
I'm assuming what you are calling locust we call grasshoppers. I don't know the extent of their diet but from what I've seen around the farm growing up, they ate the leafy stuff in the garden first.
 

NickAVD

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Foxy
I'm assuming what you are calling locust we call grasshoppers. I don't know the extent of their diet but from what I've seen around the farm growing up, they ate the leafy stuff in the garden first.
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I did a little searching on the Internet, it seems there is a difference between these insects. I have exactly the ones on the right in the picture. and they are quite large, I think 2-2.5 inches
 

Chris.

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Luis
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Here is a pic of one of my females with her first offspring ;)
Mine get oats in a small bowl that I fill up weekly as it emptys. They like romana salad, they like kale, they don't need water as they get most of it from food....what else?!?....They usually like fore gras-like and green plants. But mine don't like rocket for some reason...
 

xp29

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I did a little searching on the Internet, it seems there is a difference between these insects. I have exactly the ones on the right in the picture. and they are quite large, I think 2-2.5 inches
Ok, we have both varieties but just lump them all as grasshoppers lol.
 

NickAVD

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Here is a pic of one of my females with her first offspring ;)
Mine get oats in a small bowl that I fill up weekly as it emptys. They like romana salad, they like kale, they don't need water as they get most of it from food....what else?!?....They usually like fore gras-like and green plants. But mine don't like rocket for some reason...
Cool! You manage to breed them! I only have time for roaches. 🤪
By the way, they look a little different for me, tomorrow I can take a picture of them, now it’s already night.
 

NickAVD

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Foxy
Ok, we have both varieties but just lump them all as grasshoppers lol.
I usually call these animals this way - everything that is small and jumps is a grasshopper, if it jumps and it is big then it is a locust :LOL:
 

Chris.

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Luis
Cool! You manage to breed them! I only have time for roaches. 🤪
By the way, they look a little different for me, tomorrow I can take a picture of them, now it’s already night.
The ones I have are dessert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria), may you possibly have migratory locusts (Locusta migratoria)?
They should be fairly similar though.
They breed fairly easy but will need a hear lamp....And they poop a lot as you probably know by now 😂
 

NickAVD

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Foxy
The ones I have are dessert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria), may you possibly have migratory locusts (Locusta migratoria)?
They should be fairly similar though.
They breed fairly easy but will need a hear lamp....And they poop a lot as you probably know by now 😂
Exactly! I have migratory locusts. I buy it because Foxy just goes crazy for them. In the insect store there is also a desert one, but for some reason I didn’t pay attention to it, by the way, migratory locusts also poop a lot :ROFLMAO:
I'll try to diversify the locust's diet according to your advice
 

xp29

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The ones I have are dessert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria), may you possibly have migratory locusts (Locusta migratoria)?
They should be fairly similar though.
They breed fairly easy but will need a hear lamp....And they poop a lot as you probably know by now 😂
The ones I get are dessert to lol 🍨 😋 Snickers will do backflips to get them lol. I have to go out and catch them though. Because they are invasive they can't be bought or sold here. When I was in Nevada I could get far enough into the desert to not have to worry about pesticides and such. Here in Washington I doubt I'll be able to give them wild caught.

I wonder if I fly to back Vegas if I can sneak a box full of them through security at the airport lmao 🤣.... wouldn't that be fun to try to explain to tsa 🤪
 

NickAVD

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Foxy
The ones I get are dessert to lol 🍨 😋 Snickers will do backflips to get them lol. I have to go out and catch them though. Because they are invasive they can't be bought or sold here. When I was in Nevada I could get far enough into the desert to not have to worry about pesticides and such. Here in Washington I doubt I'll be able to give them wild caught.

I wonder if I fly to back Vegas if I can sneak a box full of them through security at the airport lmao 🤣.... wouldn't that be fun to try to explain to tsa 🤪
Maybe you should think about breeding? You can bring a few from Vegas and create a colony. :D
 

xp29

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Maybe you should think about breeding? You can bring a few from Vegas and create a colony. :D
I had considered it, I just simply don't have the time to do it successfully.
 

NickAVD

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Foxy
The ones I have are dessert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria), may you possibly have migratory locusts (Locusta migratoria)?
They should be fairly similar though.
They breed fairly easy but will need a hear lamp....And they poop a lot as you probably know by now 😂
As I promised, I am posting a photo of my locust.
These are migratory locusts, so they have a slightly different pattern and shape from yours.
 

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