Meet the Banded Cricket!

As most avid herpers know, the cricket industry in the USA was dramatically impacted by a species-specific cricket virus that hit in 2009 forcing about half the cricket producers in the country to either fold up completely or switch to other species of crickets.  During this time, Ghann's Cricket Farm faced some significant challenges, and we made the decision to switch to the Banded Cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus), which is very similar to the Acheta domesticus, and has been a popular cricket in Europe and the UK for over a decade.  Response to our Banded Cricket has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Banded Cricket has a number of strengths:

  •  Hearty - lives well

  •  Very active - provides lively feeding experience for animals

  •  Very digestible - even at its largest size (short wings, soft exoskeleton, less chitin)

  •  Minimal noise - only adult cricketss chirp (rubbing their wings together - not legs as many people think), the Bandeds' short wings make minimal noise

  •  Less odor vs. other species - reported by MANY customers

  •  Not aggressive towards animals or humans

Many stories have circulated over years about the various crickets that have popped up in the US herp market.  The chart below should help clear things up.

As always, we here at Ghann's Cricket Farm appreciate your patronage.  We will continue to do all we can to provide quality products, at fair prices, backed by great customer service, to all those who favor us with their business.

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Regards,

Clay Ghann
President/CEO
Ghann's Cricket Farm, Inc.

House Cricket
Acheta domesticus
Banded Cricket
Gryllodes sigillatus
Jamaican Field Cricket
Gryllus assimilis
Black Field Cricket
Gryllus bimaculatus
Crazy Red
Gryllus locorojo

House Cricket (Acheta domesticus)

PRO’S
• Not aggressive towards animals or humans

CON’S
• Very susceptible to AdDNV cricket virus 
• Adults less digestible vs. smaller sizes (more chitin) 

• Relatively noisy (adults sing actively)

• Not extremely hearty (shorter shelf life)
 

Banded Cricket (Gryllodes sigillatus)

PRO’S
• Not aggressive towards animals or humans
• All sizes very digestible (less chitin)
• More active, lively feeding experience for animals
• Resistant to AdDNV cricket virus
• Hearty, lives well (longer than Acheta)
• Less odor vs. other crickets
• Less noise vs other crickets

CON’S
• Adults not quite as large as adults of other species

Jamaican Field Cricket (Gryllus assimilis)

PRO’S
• Large adults
• Resistant to AdDNV cricket virus

CON’S
• Slightly aggressive towards animals and humans
• Noisy - loud, deep chirp

Black Field Cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus)

PRO’S
• ????

CON’S
• ILLEGAL in the USA (per USDA)
• Quite aggressive towards animals and humans (some reports of animals being harmed)
• Noisy (adults sing loudly)
• More odor vs. other crickets

Crazy Red (Gryllus locorojo)

PRO’S
• ????

CON’S
• ILLEGAL to distribute throughout the USA (per USDA)
• Quite aggressive towards animals and humans (some reports of animals being harmed)

 

 Nutritional Value of Popular Feeder Insects
  Banded Crickets
(Gryllodes sigillatus)
Mealworms
(Tenebrio molitor)
Superworms
(Zophobas morio)
Phoenix Worms
(Hermetia illucens)

Protein %

15.77

19.7

22.28

17.3

Moisture %

71.66

66.07

59.67

N/A

Fat %

8.47

9.79

17.1

9.4

Fiber %

2.21

2.6

2.1

N/A

Ash %

1.19

1.55

1.15

N/A

Vitamin D3 (IU/100g)

N/A

276

171

N/A

Calcium ppm

N/A

133

124

8,155

Phosphorous ppm

N/A

3,345

2,320

5,355

Cal/Phos Ratio

0.24

0.04

0.05

1.52