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BREEDERS AND ENTHUSIASTS
First of all decide HOW you are going to breed.
If you intend on having a seperate tank for your breeding crickets, READ ON, however if you are just going to leave the crickets as one large colony then you can skip to BREEDING 2 unless you wanna learn how to distinguish between breedable and non breedable crickets and male and female ones.
WHICH CRICKETS CAN BREED ??
Below is the difference between fertile and infertile crickets. Obviously you need to know which ones CAN breed before you seperate them from the main colony.
- UNABLE TO BREED
ABLE TO BREED -
Notice how the ones ABLE to breed have "wings" whereas the ones UNABLE to breed dont. These wings are hypothetical as cricketrs cant fly and the only thing they use their wings for is a mating call (Only MALES make the call...the old familiar CHIRP you hear so often on american films etc.)
HOW CAN I TELL BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES ??
Below is the difference between MALE and FEMALE crickets. This may sound a daunting task trying to sex your crickets, I certainly thought so when i first researched into breeding them. However once you get used to it and observe your crickets it soom becomes obvious.
- MALE CRICKET
FEMALE CRICKET -
Notice how the FEMALES have a 3 pronged back side where as the MALES only have a two pronged one. The middle prong is called an "OVIPOSITOR" which is what the female uses to lay her eggs with.
NOTE : The female will only lay her eggs in damp material (See BREEDING 2)
Now you have learnt how to distinguish your males and females you can put a certain amount into a different tank. But make sure there are lots of egg cartons/kitchen roll tubes for them to hide in because when i first tried this alot of males ended up fighting and killing eachother.