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How to care for field crickets


  • The field cricket is an omnivore. Its staple diet in captivity should include grass, fruit, such as apples, bananas, and stone fruit in 20-millimetre-sized pieces, and a selection of animal protein items, such as fish food, pet sausage, or cat biscuits soaked in water in an upturned lid.
  • You can provide grass by planting clumps in the soil and replacing it as it is eaten or as it deteriorates.
  • Provide drinking water in a separate lid or place a soaked wad of cotton wool in a lid.


  • If conditions are good, the crickets may breed. After mating, the female places the eggs into the soil using her ovipositor.
  • Eggs are usually laid in autumn and will develop into nymphs (junior adults) when the weather warms up in spring.
  • Young crickets are very active. They will grow and mature in the presence of other individuals only if ample space, shelter, and food are provided.