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Breeding Locusts

We look after our locusts and feed them every day. We feed them apple, bran, cabbage, grass and water.

We take turns taking them home in the weekend. We have to remember to change the water and food, turn the light off so they don't get too hot, and put them in a little box to bring them back to school. We aren't scared of handling locusts because we do it a lot.

The light is on a timer for 12 hours from 6am to 6pm. Leroy in our class comes to check at 6pm to see that the light has gone off.

Locusts can't live in the wild in NZ because it is too wet and cold. They don't like getting wet. In hot dry countries like Australia locusts are pests. In some countries people eat locusts.

Eggs get layed in moist sand. The eggs are all joined together. When the locusts hatched out at Bailee's house she thought they were bugs. They are really tiny.

The back legs will be pulled off before they are given to the Tuatara. Tuatara eat their food alive. They don't eat dead food.

We will get about thirty baby locusts. The first time we had more than thirty babies. The babies hatch out of eggs and look like the adult locusts but are very small. It takes a week or two before they hatch. They are very small but they grow fast. When they are bigger we send them back to Natureland to be fed to the tuatara.

We have different locust groups every week. The group has to change the food and the water and every Monday when the locusts come back we change the paper and the branches and we organise another group.

Room 14, Victory Primary School, Nelson - 2010