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Grasshopper breeding

I'm trying to breed grasshoppers however, I trying to introduce a new food diet to them. I thought about whole grain, wheat, or bran cereals to feed them. I also, thought about using vegetables or commercial cricket food also. I don't know what plants or grass they normally eat I'm not sure what their species are either. Does anyone have any other suggestions of what I should feed them or If anyone you do agree with the food that I have available for them?

You're fine.
Geez, us humans should eat so healthy. Especially us bachelors! LOL! Orthoptera in general are omnivores. They will scavenge their own dead on roads, and are opportunistic predators of other injured insects. They have strong jaws, so even dry pet food is fine. When I worked at the Cincinnati Zoo we fed them just about anything, but mostly fresh veggies, fish flakes, and the odd smashed cricket or mealworm....Hope this helps. Often, humidity and substrate are much more important considerations than food.

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