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Description: The adult Field Cricket is only about two or three centimeters in length. It is mostly black with brown markings on the thorax and wings. It has long, well developed legs for jumping. Crickets can jump 20 to 30 times the length of the their body. If a human could do this, he or she would be able to jump about 150 feet in a single bound! Females are told from males by the presence of the ovipositor located at the end of the abdomen.

Range: The Field Cricket is widespread and can be found throughout much of the world.

Habitat: Field Crickets are generally found in pastures and meadows, but are also found in homes. Field Crickets are voracious eaters and may cause significant damage to crops. In home, they can damage clothing and food.

Reproduction: Crickets reach reproductive maturity between eight and twelve weeks after birth. Males attract mates by rubbing their wings together to produce a noise sometimes referred to as "chirping". "Chirping" usually occurs at night. Technically, this process is called stirdulation. Interestingly enough, the rate in which a cricket "chirps" is determined by the temperature outside. When it is warmer, crickets chirp faster. Below is an equation used to tell the temperature from the "chirps" of a cricket:

Temperature= 50+(Number of chirps per minute-40)/4
(temperature equals fifty plus number of calls in one minute minus 40 divided by four)

After the male mates with the female, the female will lay between 150 and 400 eggs in the ground or another soft surface. The eggs hatch in about two weeks. The Field Cricket will progress through 8-10 instars (periods of time between moltings) in its lifetime.

Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis: egg -> nymph -> adult

Diet: Field Crickets will eat just about anything including soft plant matter, insects, young crickets, and decomposing matter.


Cricket Activities


Crickets Home

This is the main index page for the crickets section.

Cricket Anatomy

Cricket Anatomy

Learn about the location and function of the many different parts of a cricket.

Cricket Life Cycle

Cricket Life Cycle

This click-to-animate activity illustrated the three main stages of the cricket life cycle.

Cricket Chirping

Cricket Chirping (Stirdulation)

What does a cricket sound like? Click above to hear a cricket’s enchanting chirping.

Cricket Cage

Cricket Cage Maintenance

This animation will show you exactly how to construct and maintain your cricket cage.

Reading Comprehension

Crickets Online Reading Comprehension

This is an interactive, online reading passage with five multiple choice questions. Immediate feedback is given and students can print out achievement certificates.

Printable Reading

Crickets Printable Reading Comprehension

This is a printable version of the online reading comprehension exercise.

Cloze Reading

Crickets Cloze Reading

This is an interactive cloze reading exercises. Students must use the words from the word bank to complete the cricket-themed passage. Immediate feedback is given.


Crickets Paralaugh

This is an online "mad-lib" where students must use nouns, verbs, and adjectives, to create a hilarious cricket-themed story.

Cricket Parts

Cricket Part QUIZ

How well do you know your cricket parts? Try my online cricket part quiz.

Cricket Part Functions

Cricket Functions Quiz

Do you know the functions of the different cricket parts? Take my online quiz to find out.

Word Search

Crickets Word Search

Find as many cricket-themed words as possible in this challenging, online word search.


Crickets Jigsaw

This is a fun, customizable online cricket jigsaw puzzle perfect for any age.