wikiHow to Take Care of and Breed Grasshoppers

This article will tell you how to catch, breed and take care of grasshoppers.

Steps

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    Catch some grasshoppers. Look in tall grass as they are most often found there, or look for young grasshoppers wherever there are small and tender leaves.
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    Get a container to keep your grasshoppers in. The container should be at least six inches tall, four inches wide and see-through. Poke small holes near the top of the container and in the lid to allow your grasshoppers to breathe.
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    Prepare the inside of the container. Add dirt or sand to cover the bottom, then add bits of grass, leaves, little slices of vegetables, and other natural objects. Make sure that they fit in the container and are not too big.
    • You may also want to add a wood block or some twigs.
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    Get ready to trap your grasshoppers in the container. When you're catching them, make sure the lid is a little loose so that you can get it on and off quickly, before the grasshoppers have a chance to escape.
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    Put the grasshoppers in the container.
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    Breed your grasshoppers. Find a male and female grasshopper, and put them in the container together. Make sure the cage is small enough that they'll find each other. Make sure you have enough food for both of them as they won't breed if they're hungry.
    • Remember that females have two little hooks near the end of their body, but males don't.
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    Care for pregnant females. Keep female grasshoppers alone in a separate container for a week or two after breeding. You can tell a female grasshopper is gravid (pregnant) when her abdomen is larger than usual. Try to have less water in the soil that you provided in her cage, as grasshoppers lay their eggs in the soil. After breeding her, or catching an adult female grasshoppers from the wild, try to watch her often and find out where she laid the eggs. She should lay about 20-160 young, preferably about 80 though. If you don't want to keep her offspring, simply release them into the wild.
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    Don't put more than 1-4 young grasshoppers in one tank. Young grasshoppers are small and eat less, but putting too many may cause fighting over food and sometimes cannibalism due to lack of vegetation. With adult grasshoppers, putting more than one in a cage can cause them to become locusts. ONLY put more than one grasshopper in a cage if breeding them.
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    Feed your grasshoppers with fresh leaves. For younger hoppers, make sure you add tender leaves. You can also try to grow grasses or small weeds in the container to provide your hoppers with a constant source of food.
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    Dampen the sand/dirt at the bottom of the container. Do not add too much water.
    • If the female grasshopper is pregnant, she will lay her eggs at the bottom in the dirt/sand.
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    Leave the grasshoppers some fresh food regularly and a sprinkle of water too. A small spray bottle can be used instead of sprinkling the water.

Tips

  • Be careful not to pull the legs of the grasshopper when you pick them up.
  • Grasshoppers are usually in the grass but they also are attracted to light so look where some lights are outside.
  • Remember to give them fresh leaves regularly, but you do not have to give them water (they get most of it from there food).
  • If you hold them, remember that they ARE wild animals, they can hop high, and they CAN hop away...

Warnings

  • Only keep four or fewer grasshoppers in the container. If there are more than four, they will fight over the food.
  • Remember that when catching them they might bite or spit on you.

Things You'll Need

  • See-through box
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Little slices of vegetables
  • Dirt, sand and sticks/wood block
  • Stones/pebbles
  • Small container

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