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Get To Know: The Cricket

At this time of year (late summer & fall), we see more crickets coming into our home, as they seek to escape the chill outside, then they chirp all night. Here are ten facts about crickets:

  1. There are over 900 varieties of crickets.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, crickets don’t chirp by rubbing their back legs together. They have large serrated veins running along the bottoms of their wings, and they produce the sound by running the top of one wing over the bottom of the other wing.
  3. There are four types of cricket songs, depending on what message the cricket wants to send.
  4. The familiar black cricket you find in the house is called the common or field cricket.
  5. Crickets lay their eggs in autumn and the young hatch out in spring.
  6. Dolbear’s Law says that by timing the number of tree cricket chirps in 14 seconds and adding 40, you can get the present outdoor temperature in degrees fahrenheit.
  7. A cricket’s “ears” are located on its front legs.
  8. In various parts of the world, a chirping cricket may predict pregnancy, money, illness or good fortune.
  9. In Thailand and Vietnam, crickets are eaten as crunchy fried snacks.
  10. In China, crickets are kept as pets that bring good fortune.