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Hey there everyone, I'm Martijn and I am new to open bug farm. Together with two friends, I started growing grasshoppers, Locusta Migratoria, a while back in Groningen in the Netherlands. We're trying to make entomology more accessible and affordable in our area, because the market at current is a rather closed one. Our vision in that regard is an open market where we can normalise the consumption of insects. It's a really exciting project, because it's something we've never done before. Everything is going really well, we have active grasshoppers and are doing great managing the food (grass) and keeping the temperature a constant 34 degrees. There is just one thing that troubles us; the eggs won't hatch.
We filled two boxes with sand in which eggs were laid, but according to our information sources they should have hatched in 10-12 days. The first lay was more than three weeks ago, but we haven't seen any baby grasshoppers crawl out just yet. We confirmed they exist just today, as we dug up a few tubes, but what worries us is that we really don't know what's going on. According to what we think we know, we should already be swimming in grasshoppers.
If anyone has any ideas or some knowledge to share, we would really appreciate it.