Insects that are part of the Orthoptera order and class Insecta include crickets. Because they are involved in the decomposition of plant material, crickets are important to the ecosystem. They also provide food for small animals such as birds, small owls and spiders. There are many types of crickets available: field crickets and house crickets; cave crickets; mole crickets; camel crickets; snowy tree cricket; northern mole crickets.
These are the most common crickets. They can also be very annoying as they often enter houses and cause destruction. The length of adult house crickets is between 3/4″ and 7/8″. The color is light yellowish-brown with three dark bands at the head. Their antennae are long and thin, which is more than their entire body. An antenna-like cerci are attached to the abdomen. The ovipositor, which is the tube-like structure that protrudes from the abdomen of female house crickets, is a thin tube-like structure. This structure is used to lay eggs. On average, female house crickets can lay 728 eggs.
House crickets can be found in areas like garbage dumps, but they will enter your house when it gets colder outside. They can leap very high, sometimes even to the second or third story of houses. If agitated, they can bite. They eat silk, wool, nylon and rayon, and can cause a lot of damage to your house.
Field crickets: These cricket species are very common. They measure between 1/2 and 11/4 inches long. They are black in colour and have a long, thin antennae. They are large and have long jumping hind legs. A female field cricket’s ovipositor may measure nearly 3/4 inches in length. There are many types of field crickets. They also vary in size. Field crickets can be heard both at night and during the day. Field crickets lay between 150 and 400 eggs on average.
Field crickets can cause severe damage to crops. They can also get into buildings and cause damage to upholstery, rugs, and clothing. They are able to fly and can be attracted by bright lights. They can be found inside buildings and in damp areas.
Ground crickets: Ground crickets have a smaller size than field and house crickets. They measure less than half an inch in length. They are brown with long, mobile spines on their hind tibiae. Ground crickets are soft and high-pitched. Ground crickets are attracted to light and are active at night. They can be found in forests, pastures, and other areas where they are most common.
The snowy tree cricket is a species of cricket that is pale yellowish-green to whitish pale and approximately 5/6 to 7/8 inches long. Each of their first two antenna segments has a single black spot. The wing shape of male snowy tree crickets is broad and paddle-shaped. They lay flat on their backs. Female crickets have forewings that are narrower and more closely wrapped to their bodies.
They can be found in shrubs, trees, high grassy areas, and in weeds. They can cause severe damage to ornamental and fruit trees by laying eggs on their barks or stems. The sounds made by snowy tree crickets vary depending on the temperature. These sounds are often used to create special effects in movies.
Cave Crickets: Also known as stone crickets or camel crickets, cave crickets are found in caves. They are very tall with long hind legs and slender antennae. Their head is bent backwards and they have drumstick-shaped feet. They don’t have wings. They measure about 1 inch in length, and are brownish in color. Their arched backs make them appear humpbacked. They are also nocturnal, but they are not attracted by light like other crickets. They don’t chirp like house crickets. Cave crickets usually reside in wells, hollow tress, under damp leaves/stones/logs/boards. They are usually harmless and wander into homes by accident.
Mole Crickets: Mole bats live underground. They measure approximately 1.25 inches in length and are cylindrical in form. They are usually brown in color with fine, silky hair. They are suitable for burrowing because they have paddle-shaped forelegs. They are very sharp, which makes it possible to root-cut. Mole crickets are not stinging or biting, and they do not cause damage to fabric or paper products like house crickets.
Because they live underground, mole crickets can cause major problems for crops and damage the root systems. If not managed, there is a high chance of rapid damage from female mole crickets. The mole cricket eggs hatch within 10 to 40 days. Although mole crickets are usually underground, they can fly up to 5 miles during mating times. Mole crickets eat small insects, plants roots, tubers and vegetables as well as underground stems of grasses.