Other common names: Black Cricket; Field Cricket; African Field Cricket; Two-Spotted Cricket; Mediterranean Field Cricket
Scientific name: Gryllus bimaculatus
The Black Field Cricket is one of the most common cricket species raised as live feed for pet reptiles such as lizards, spiders such as tarantulas, and amphibians. Gryllus bimaculatus is native to tropical and subtropical areas of Africa, Asia and Europe.
The Black Field Cricket can be purchased in tubs from breeders or pet stores, or can be raised by pet owners. "Gut loading" the feeder crickets with nutritious foods and calcium supplements prior to feeding them to the pet is typically done.
large crickets, low cost
overall smell, raw overpowering, Cricket death rates, horrid
active cricket, bearded dragons, containers moist, egg cardboard, egg laying activity
Breeding crickets as food for your pet(s) (In my bedroom!)
I'm an owner of a bearded dragon and I had to travel to another town to acquire him some live food. I've decided to breed crickets in my room to lower the cost and to try out a new kind of adventure :)
I've set up a small glass tank with a lid, an egg cardboard, a home-made water bowl, some food and bought 20-30 crickets to start with. Their tank was well heated, since it's the main source of breeding. To be honest, it was hard to keep them and I didn't have any success. Most of them died and I've only had a few babies which were not enough.
Most of people don't like bugs, so their appearance is not that attractive. They are easy to handle, but are usually hiding under the egg cardboard and good luck when you want to lift that up. They are very active, especially at night - if you know what I mean.
I think they are easy to acquire, most pet stores sell them at a low cost. Keeping them is cheap too.
The thing is, they are yucky, and they chirp so loud at night that nights can become sleepless. Well, that was in my case since I had no option but to breed them in my room. People thought I was insane!
But I did all of this because I love my bearded dragon and want him to be happy.
From moshpidb Nov 28 2013 10:28AM
Black Field Cricket
The Black Field Cricket is a great source of food for any insectivore. I love keeping and breeding these and I have a room that I use just for breeding crickets and insects. The room is heated to 27.5°C and they do very well at that temperature. I keep them in black plastic tubs with a lot of ventilation. They breed very easily and eggs will be deposited in a tub filled with moist soil if provided. Those tubs can be incubated in the same room and once they hatch can be placed in a new tub to start the circle of life once again. If kept right and in clean conditions crickets will breed very easily and before you know it you will have more food for your lizards than you could ever imagine. A great insect to use as a food source..
From RobWedderburn Jan 30 2016 4:03AM
Black Field Cricket
I have tried raising crickets in the past and have switched over to roaches for a number of reasons which I will illustrate for you. Firstly, crickets stink. They wreak. Did I mention they smell horrid? I can’t emphasis this enough. Unlike cockroaches which you can happily raise indoors with no smell, crickets will run you out of your home with raw overpowering stink in even reasonable sized colonies of 1,000. Secondly, crickets are fragile. Cricket death rates compared to roach death rates aren’t even a contest. No matter how well you take care of them expect to lose at least 50% of all crickets that hatch. Thirdly, they are noisy! Crickets chirp and constantly make noise. I kept mind in our outbuilding which is attached to one wall of my bedroom and they kept me up at night. The wall is solid brick. That’s how loud these little guys are. And finally, they are not good breeders when compared to roaches. I’ve tried five or six times to raise them as protein supplements for my birds over the years, and once I discovered roaches as a feeder will never go back..
From Travis A. Wooten Jun 16 2014 11:19AM