Growth and development parameters for Acheta domesticus
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 71(1): 40-42
The best growth and development of Acheta domesticus in laboratory culture has been attained with an oligidic diet containing 30% protein, approximately 10% of which was from powdered animal liver. A rearing temperature of 32°C gave a life-cycle from egg to adult of 6-7 weeks. Under optimum conditions, adults of 500 mg (mean wt) were produced. There were 10 moults in the course of development. Crowding is a factor, principally in the early stages if the population density exceeds 1 cricket per 2.5 cm2 of crawl space. This is an estimate with 100% safety factor.