|The male is the one strutting his stuff next to one of the females. The|
other female is hard at work laying eggs under the laying box. Note the
male's stub tail and the missing toes on the right hind foot.
|She sure looks like she is down to serious business.|
One of them dropped 18 eggs tonight. I put together a nice laying box for her, full of a mixture of potting soil, sphagnum moss (long cut) and black garden soil (consisting of composted weeds, grass, leaves and such).
|Click on it to enlarge it and look closely, |
you can see three of the eggs.
I am guessing, since she laid tonight, that the other one can not be more than a few days to a week from doing so herself. Time will tell. I did not palpate either one to feel if they were gravid but she, like the one that laid tonight, put on a some weight and heft so I imagine she is also going to drop soon.
I foresee there will be thousands of 1/8 and 1/4 crickets, chirping away in my basement, in my near future - about 70 days. Hopefully, I will sell or trade them all before I have to move up to 1/2 inch crickets or larger.
All the best,