I have crickets that are laying eggs in a dirt bin. I've noticed tiny eggs that look like super small grains of semi-translucent rice. I'm curious, is it possible that a female cricket might lay barren eggs (non-fertilized)? Some animals I know will lay barren eggs regardless of whether or not they have bred (unrelated, but chickens being the most famous example), but also other insects, and especially some of the reptiles I keep. I couldn't find any information on this online so I'm hoping all the eggs they lay are indeed fertilized.
Any reason for suspicion comes from the fact that as soon as I put a small container of moist dirt in their bin, the females immediately stuck their ovipositors in the dirt and they had only been together for five minutes after I took them home from a reptile shop, which is a little suspicious.
Any insight would be much appreciated!