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PostSubject: Cricket (insect): Facts about Crix.   Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:51 pm

Cricket (insect): Facts about Crix.

Crickets are part of the family Gryllidae. These are insects that are partially related to grasshoppers.
Crickets can be identified by their large back legs used for jumping and long antennae, as long as or longer than their body. There are numerous species of these insects. They have a good vision and hearing. With their compound eyes, it enables them to see in several directions simultaneously.
Although crickets have wings, a large number of them do not fly. They have very small wings and these lie across the back. Along with time their legs have been developed to jump at great heights. The size varies from 1/2 to an inch and may live less than a year. This lifespan increases if adequate housing, food and water were provided.

An adult female cricket can be identified by the long tube like device extending back from the abdomen called an ovipositor with which they lay eggs. Only the adult male cricket chirps. It is done by rubbing their wings together to attract females.


Types of Crickets
Cricket insects may be field, house or camel type.

Field Crickets
There are several species of Field Crickets but the most common are Black Field Crickets. Shiny black in color, they grow up to an inch and a quarter long with short rounded wings. Field crickets are strongly attracted to light. The life cycle of the field cricket is about ninety days.

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African field cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus)


House Crickets
Like Field Crickets, House Crickets are strongly attracted to light. House crickets usually grow to about one inch in size and are a light yellow brown color.

This crickets most likely native to Southwestern Asia, but has spread worldwide. Some people kept them as pets themselves, as has been the case in China and Japan. Like Field Crickets, House Crickets are strongly attracted to light. House crickets usually grow to about one inch in size and are a light yellow brown color.

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Brown House cricket (Acheta domestica)


Camel Crickets
This type of cricket is quite different in appearance from House and Field Crickets. Camel Crickets are tan with a humped back and have a body length of up to one and one half inches long. They have long antennae and unusually long powerful back legs giving them an unusual appearance. Camel Crickets are powerful jumpers. In spite of this they are quite harmless. Camel Crickets are Wingless, they do not chirp.


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