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Cricket (Field)

Gryllus assimilis
Cricket (Field)

Range

Throughout much of North America and Europe.

Habitat

They live in fields, yards and can come into houses in late summer.

Body Traits

They are brown, with a big head, short wings and two long “tails.”

Habits

They are active at night (nocturnal) making a loud, trilling song. Their song slows down when it gets cooler. There is a formula where you can count cricket chirps and tell the exact air temperature. It goes like this: Count the number of cricket chirps in 15 seconds, then add 40. This is the air temperature at F.

Diet

They eat plants and insects.

Reproduction

Females lay 50 to 400 eggs in damp soil. They hatch the next spring. Only the eggs survive over the winter.

Cricket (Field)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Gryllidae
Genus: Gryllus
Species: assimilis

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