Newton’s first law of Motion states “An object at rest stays at rest….” This is so not correct! That deli cup containing about 300 ¼ inch dusted crickets, set down on the very edge of a desk/table because you excitedly noticed eggs from your most rare gecko will NOT stay at rest. It will wiggle and walk and wiggle to the very edge, sit there until you turn back around. Then, knowing that it is not within reach, it will slowly- oh so slowly- tip off the edge and spill onto the floor. Ultimately, you will gather up about 6 of those 300 crickets before the remaining mysteriously disappear in thin air.
Crickets are gathered into tall deli cups and dusted before feeding. When feeding adult crested geckos (we feed 4 crickets per adult), what happens 1 out of every 4 times- The counting of crickets goes something like this- 1…....2…..…3…....4,5,6,20.
A tub of crickets, mistakenly placed somewhere out of sight, will only be found again when the entire group of crickets has a chance to change 'states' from a solid to a semi-liquid.
When trying a new glue to hold the coffee filter to the ventilated, tall deli cup top used for wingless fruit flies, depending on the # of cultures you are setting up, or the # of animals that must be fed, or the unavailability of additional cultures, will contribute to whether that new glue holds or fails and releases every single fruit fly!
Another correlation can be made with a top being properly adhered to that bug container. The more disgusting the insect (in public opinion of course) or able the insect is to escape, the more likely the top will not hold in place. The top of a mealworm container will hold FOREVER (as mealworms cannot climb and are not too gross to most people). Wingless fruit flies- well, see the point above. A top that fails, with one side dropping to the bottom of the container while the other side holds tight to the top, providing a “ramp” for the escaping bugs is a given when keeping any type of climbing roach- and this will only happen at night, offering the roaches an extended ‘get away’ time.
As careful as a person can be when feeding adult crickets, one will always escape and will never be seen again. However, when you are trying to fall asleep you will you realize that the one cricket that escaped will find it necessary to sing you a lullaby before falling to sleep- chirp-chirp chirp-chirp chirp-chirp….
After researching the best methods of culturing wingless fruit flies, using the best mediums- buying the healthiest flies and setting up dozens of cultures- the number of fruit flies produced will NEVER match the one cultivated from that banana peel that somehow fell behind the garbage can under your sink three days ago (movie reference- please see The Swarm).
When down to the last few mealworms, in the middle of a Wisconsin winter and begging the insect company to please, please ship because you are a good customer, even though the temps are below their allowable minimum, the box of 10,000 mealworms they ship will inevitably come in with a double batch of heat packs and COOK all but 100 mealworms. Good luck picking those 100 worms out of the now mealworm pudding in the box because you are THAT desperate.
Keeping micro geckos presents many challenges, including obtaining enough very small food insects to keep the day to day feedings going. It never fails, ordering 2,000 pinhead crickets through the mail will certainly result in the discovery the day of their delivery, when feeding one of your leopard geckos, that a pair of adult crickets must have consummated their short remaining lives in the hide box and produced a cloud of........ 2,000 pinhead crickets.