House Cricket


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House Cricket

Description: The adult House Cricket is about two centimeters in length and are varying shades of brown with black markings about the head and thorax. The female is told from the male by the presence of an ovipositor, a long extension attached to the end of the abdomen, used for depositing eggs in the soil. House crickets have conspicuous jumping legs and have two pairs on wings, of which, only the back pair are used for flight.

Range: House crickets are found throughout much of the world. In North America, they are generally confined to areas east of the Great Plains.

Habitat: House Crickets can be found in a variety of habitats including woodlands, suburbs, urban areas, buildings, ducts, siding, restaurants and anywhere else there happens to be a food supply and warm air. Although many crickets die off in the colder months, those that manage to find their way indoors can stay alive year round.

Reproduction: Crickets reach sexual 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". 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. Scientists can actually tell the exact outdoor temperature by timing the rate of cricket "chirpings". After the male mates with female, the female will lay between 50 and 100 eggs in the ground or another soft surface. The eggs hatch in about two weeks.

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

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



Cricket Activities


Crickets Home

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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.