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I’ve been breeding Locusta Migratoria for some time now.
All seems to be going well, apart from hatch rates - I seem to be getting only few (I’d say 5-20) hoppers from a pod, rather than the 50-100 as mentioned in most literature. Has anyone encountered this before? Any ideas on what might be causing this?
Also, probably connected but not sure if it’s the entire problem - a lot of the hatchlings seem to stay underground and die. They just don’t reach the surface, they even do the first moult in the cavity left by the eggpod. It’s hard to photo this, but here goes: https://pasteboard.co/HQd8E6p.jpg
I use a transparent plastic tub, about 10x10x10cm, with potting soil and a thin layer of sand on top. Hatching looks like this: https://pasteboard.co/HQd4H9d.jpg (on this particular occasion I didn’t see any other hopper emerge after the 4 pictured)
@EntoJesse, you seem to have a deep knowledge regarding locusta, do you have any ideas what I might be doing wrong?
Thank you in advance