The locust is delicious. And especially our locusts !!
Our locusts come from Brazil and their crispness is unique. They are reared and prepared in order to offer you a very high quality nutritious and gustatory product, but who are we to eat them how can we raise .....
The locust description and food interest
Locusta Migratoria edible locusts are part of the Locust species that occur in many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Australia and along the Mediterranean coasts. Like its desert locust or nomadic cousins, its voracious appetite and its excellent ability to move, whether it is by flying or jumping, have made the cricket to eat a formidable pest of crops. In the minds of Europeans, insects to eat long rhyme with protein, which is quite justified. Eating locusts, whether they are from a livestock or natural state, is already a significant source of protein in many countries. With protein levels of up to 40% for this insect to eat, many organisms, such as the FAO (the UN branch dealing with global food issues) or the WHO (World Health Organization) already see consumption Of insects as the solution to feed a growing population. And the interests of the insect to eat do not stop there: little food and water, eating locusts is more respectful of our environment, interest that is also found in the discharges of gas greenhouse. When one knows that between 20 and 30% of the rejections of the man are due to the traditional breeding, one understands immediately the interest!
Starting a locust breeding
Agar-agar 20g (pharmacy).
Wheat germ 25g (stores of dietetic products).
Dandelion powder 30g.
Powder of carrots 30g.
Powder of clover leaves 20g.
Corn flour 10g.
Nipagine (in pharmacy, it is an anti-mold and fungicide) 0.15g.
Powder of vitamins (polyvitaminated mixture for sale in pharmacy or pet store) ½ teaspoon.
Distilled water 650ml.
Pick up dandelion leaves and clover leaves in a non-contaminated area of pesticides and insecticides, dry them in the sun (or in the oven to 2), make a powder stored in hermetically sealed boxes away from light.
Grate the carrots and dry the rasps in the sun or in the oven.
1) Bake agar in half the amount of water (15 mm in a domestic cooker).
2) In half the remaining water pour the rest of the ingredients except the vitamins and nipagine.
3) after cooking the agar is liquid; Mix the 2 preparations without interrupting the mixing.
4) When the mixture is at about 50 ° C, add the vitamins and nipagine.
5) the medium is still liquid at this temperature; Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and allow to cool.
After cooling, remove the small jelly preparation cubes and place in a freezer bag; The whole is frozen-with 1 cube, and a dozen adults are fed for a day.
To make available to the locusts, a small paddock containing perlon wool soaked in water, the wool must always be moist, the crickets come to drink water by chewing the wool of perlon.
The reproduction is very easy, the females are ready 3 days after their imaginary moult.
Mating takes several hours.
Arrange in the terrariums, small plastic trays of 15x10x10cm, which will have the bottom of a small layer of vermiculite, which will always remain damp, covered with fine sand.
First aseptic the substrate of the tray by placing the sand in a hot oven for a few minutes.
Leave the tray a fortnight and replace it with another one ...
The first tray is put in an enclosure at 30 ° C, the incubation (eggs) lasts about ten days - at this temperature.
The young larvae will be fed in the same way as the adults, their development subject to the temperature, one obtains adults in 3 months.
Larvae moult five times before becoming adults.
Given the size of the locusts, and the absence of cannibalism, this breeding is considered more interesting than that of the crickets.