Banded crickets (also known as Brown Crickets) are far more nutritious than their rival Black Crickets and Silent Crickets in recent laboratory tests. Brown (Banded) crickets were proved to have a higher calorific value and to contain higher levels of protein than both their rivals.
Brown (banded) crickets are probably the best value for money when it comes to live foods.
Each and every week throughout the year Livefoods Direct breeds a minimum of 800,000 Banded crickets. They provide a high nutritional diet for Birds and reptiles. Crickets are nurtured on a very high fibre diet consisting of Progrub; a mix of our unique brand of ingredients. Banded Crickets (Gryllodes Sigullatus) are the biggest selling Brown Crickets that we farm and are native to the Tropics – India.
Banded Crickets have an amazing growth rate, taking 35-42 days from hatching out of their egg pod to being able to reproduce themselves if kept in ideal conditions.
Banded Crickets are available in the 6 sizes listed below:
- Banded (Brown) Crickets Adult Size 6 (17-20mm)
- Banded (Brown) Crickets Large Size 5 (14-18mm)
- Banded (Brown) Crickets Medium Size 4 (10-15mm)
- Banded (Brown) Crickets Small/Medium Size 3 (7-10mm)
- Banded (Brown) Crickets Small Size 2 (5-8mm)
- Banded (Brown) Crickets Hatchling Size 1 (2-3mm)
Banded Crickets can be purchased in different sizes and packs, depending on how many and the size you require. They are packed in prepack tubs, or can be purchased in bulk sacks.
Banded crickets must be kept in a cool dry place between 16-20 degree celsius. Banded Crickets that have been travelling overnight by courier or postal service, may need to be transferred on arrival depending on the quantities, to a tank with a tight-fitting well ventilated lid to stop them from getting too warm.
Banded Crickets need perching areas which can be provided in the form of cardboard egg cartons. This is also to reduce stress to the Banded Crickets which will reduce cannibalism. A small saucer of progrub can also be placed in with the Banded Crickets.
Fresh carrot or cabbage leaves may be provided, ensure that any carrot or cabbage is washed and that any pesticide trace is very low. Feed the Banded Crickets daily, any uneaten old leaves should be removed from the Banded Cricket habitat.