Grasshoppers in research and education: methods for maintenance and production


Insects used in research have traditionally been housed and cared for in the investigator's laboratory. Centralized colony maintenance may be advantageous, but presents unique challenges to animal care staff members, who are more familiar with vertebrate research animals. To fill this potential knowledge gap, the authors share the procedures they have developed at Arizona State University for the housing, husbandry, and breeding of grasshoppers used in research and teaching.

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Figure 1: The life cycle of grasshoppers involves six instars (molts).
Figure 2: Typical holding cages for grasshoppers.
Figure 3: Adult grasshoppers in cage with 100 × 20-mm Petri dishes of greens (kale and lettuce) and dry food.
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The authors express their gratitude to Larry Neinaber, Jaime White-James, and Derek O'Neill of the Arizona State University Animal Care Program for their contributions to the development and implementation of this care and use program.

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Badman, J., Harrison, J. & McGarry, M. Grasshoppers in research and education: methods for maintenance and production. Lab Anim 36, 27–31 (2007).

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