Annals of the Entomological Society of America (1977) 70, 69-74

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C.W. Clifford, R.M. Roe and J.P. Woodring (1977)
Rearing methods for obtaining house crickets, Acheta domesticus, of known age, sex, and instar
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 70 (1), 69-74
Abstract: Crickets (Acheta domesticus) are housed in a small room at 30.5 °C, with a diet of finely-ground modified chick starter mash, and water provided via inverted plastic vials in gravel-filled petri dishes. Collected eggs hatch in 13 days and hatchlings are reared in glass aquaria for the first three to four instars. The remaining instars are kept in modified rat 6 cages. Last instar females are picked each day from the appropriate age group and kept separately in reusable 1 gal cylindrical cartons. These methods are easily adapted to obtain crickets of known age of either sex in the last two instars or the adult stage. Cumulative ageing is possible by simply noting the days from hatch for a particular group. Moderate water deprivation, overcrowding, or slight temperature changes may greatly affect the life cycle duration and physiological parameters. The procedure emphasises ease of maintenance and consistency of results.
(The abstract is excluded from the Creative Commons licence and has been copied from Acridological Abstracts with permission by NRI, Univ. of Greenwich at Medway.)
Database assignments for author(s): R. Michael Roe

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Acheta domesticus