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Cricket (Field)

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Gryllus assimilis
Cricket (Field)


Throughout much of North America and Europe.


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.”


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.


They eat plants and insects.

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

Cricket (Field)


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

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