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I'm kicking around the idea of making a 10'x20' enclosure just for raising grasshoppers. Stocked with host plants and for the most part predator free (I'm sure I might run into some type of parasitic invader (wasps / worms) with captive population). I think I could get away with year round production where I live. Just a idea for now, but I'm thinking this might be a goal, until I can find a steady supply for my big guys.

Same thing might work for Kakydids to, but more seasonally.
 

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Motherlode Chameleon

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I'm kicking around the idea of making a 10'x20' enclosure just for raising grasshoppers. Stocked with host plants and for the most part predator free (I'm sure I might run into some type of parasitic invader (wasps / worms) with captive population). I think I could get away with year round production where I live. Just a idea for now, but I'm thinking this might be a goal, until I can find a steady supply for my big guys.

Same thing might work for Kakydids to, but more seasonally.
I raise hoppers in my yard however only seasonally for about six months out of the year.
 

Motherlode Chameleon

Chameleon Enthusiast
I know. I should come visit your yard. :D If I did'nt have a 40+hours a week job, I would have more time for grasshopper hunting fieldtrips.
Still my parent's yard I'm job hunting a lot right now. If it was my yard the landscaping would not be done completely the same. Once you have got a wild colony going though they are not difficult to maintain. Why did you stop captive breeding the colony I sent you?
 
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chameleoman

Established Member
Ive been looking for some to give some to you but its kind of hard to catch them when all you got on you is a plastic cup :p I just found a huge one in my pool, i guess it drowned. I have been seeing tons of black hairy caterpillars and black/yellow butterflies though
 
Ive been looking for some to give some to you but its kind of hard to catch them when all you got on you is a plastic cup :p I just found a huge one in my pool, i guess it drowned. I have been seeing tons of black hairy caterpillars and black/yellow butterflies though
I'll have to send a butterfly net home with your mom, next time I see her. :) Sound like Morning Cloak cats and butters
 

Hoj

Friendly Grasshopper
Sounds like a interesting project. Last year hoppers were everywhere here Im hopeing this year will be the same.
 
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