Cricket

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Cricket are medium-sized insects (.25-2 in long) with larger back legs, long thin antennae, and wings bent down against their body. Most are brown, but some are green or black. From above, they may look flat. Not all of them are able to fly.

Field Cricket are common in grasslands, forests, and urban areas, hiding under rocks or plants. They can be found in Canada below the 55th Parallel and across the United States. Most species are nocturnal and feed on plant and animal matter.

Crickets are related to Long-horned Grasshopper and Katydid.

Did you know? Male Crickets attract females by rubbing one forewing against the other to make chirping sounds. They will find and defend a location where they can get the best sound possible.

See Also: Grasshopper, Katydid