Content tagged with "cricket"

Camel Crickets (Cave Crickets)

Image of camel cricket (cave cricket).
Numerous species.
Humps aren’t just for camels, they’re for crickets, too! These odd-looking insects are commonly found in caves, basements, cellars and similar places. More

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik

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Crickets and katydids create "a little night music" of their own. More

Female Field Cricket

Photo of an adult female field cricket
Field crickets in the genus Gryllus are usually shiny black, and the different species are often best separated by singing pattern. This is a female G. pennsylvanicus (one of the more common species). You can tell she's a female from the needlelike (but harmless) ovipositor extending outward from the abdomen, which is used for laying eggs in the soil. More

Female House Cricket

Photo of a female house cricket, side view
House crickets and field crickets share in common large heads, hind legs adapted for jumping, and stout, unmovable spines on the hind legs. They are common in many habitats, especially grassy areas such as lawns, fields, pastures, prairies, roadsides, but also in woods. They sometimes enter houses and other buildings. They are nocturnal; the sound of their chirping signifies “nighttime” to us. More

Female House Cricket

Photo of an adult female house cricket walking on bark
The house cricket, Acheta domesticus, is light brown or tannish overall; the tan head has three dark crossbands. This is a female cricket: You can tell because she has a needlelike ovipositor at the tip of her abdomen. It's harmless to people. She uses it only to deposit her eggs into the soil. More

Field Cricket

image of Field Cricket among moss and gravel
Field crickets in the genus Gryllus are usually shiny black, and the different species are often best separated by singing pattern. More

Field Crickets (House Crickets)

Photo of an adult female field cricket
Gryllus spp., Acheta domesticus, and relatives
The familiar black or brown field crickets are celebrated singers. There are several species in Missouri. More

Male House Cricket

Photo of a male house cricket on sliced raw carrot
House crickets are probably native to Eurasia but are found nearly worldwide, having traveled the globe with people. They are commonly sold for fish bait and as a live pet food. They eat a wide variety of foods and can be kept as pets. More

Male House Cricket Chirping

Photo of male house cricket chirping by rubbing wings together
Male crickets chirp by rubbing rough portions of their wings together; by raising the wings at an angle, they form a resonating chamber sort of like a violin body. The calls attract females and also warn off rival males. More