Fun Facts About Crickets
Here are some interesting facts about crickets which will get you to see them in a new light! Acheta assimilis or the cricket is a member of the Order Orthoptera. Crickets have great eyesight and hearing. There are more than 900 species of crickets.
Most crickets have wings but get around more by jumping rather than flying. These insects have an ability to jump to great heights.
Size wise, they range between 1/4th of an inch to around 1 inch in length. Their antennas are significantly longer than their bodies. They have a wide range of colors from brown to a pale green.
Different species of crickets also have distinct habitats. The common house cricket can be found most often around human population. Field crickets are often found on land and beneath stones and in fields.
The life span of the cricket normally is one year and can be lengthened in a safe and comfortable habitat. Also, if crickets are being reared as pets then they can be given a longer lease on life with proper nutrition and health supplements.
The female cricket lays her eggs during winter in a safe place (stems of plants for instance) and with the onset of spring; tiny crickets emerge, looking for all practical purposes like miniature adult crickets. Their wings grow only after several molting cycles.
Humans consider crickets as lucky, having medicinal purposes and for sport as well. Having a stray cricket wander into one’s home is thought to bring money. The chirps of the cricket are also associated with good luck and some people go to the extent of putting crickets in cages and looking after them much like a valued pet for bringing luck to the home.
Actually, even though they have wings that cannot help them fly, crickets use these wings to produce that mystical song! Rubbing the wings together produces that distinct chirping sound. More often than not, it is the male of the species that produces this sound as a mating call.
Another interesting use of the chirping sound or the song of the cricket is to ascertain what temperature the outside world is in. If one counts the number of chirps per minute and then divide this number by 4 and add 40 to this result, one could estimate temperature in Fahrenheit!
The cricket is an omnivore – it eats almost anything under the sun. Fruits, vegetables, seedlings, meat, plant debris and even fish can be a part of a healthy cricket’s diet.
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