Cricket

My Home: I am found in
North America and
throughout other parts of
the world. During the warm
summer months I am found in
fields, beneath rocks, or under
some other yard debris.

What I eat: I feed on plants and
sometimes other insects.

What I look like: I am related to the grasshopper
and the katydid. I am approximately one inch
in length, have great vision and with my
compound eyes can see in many
different directions at once. My wings
are usually too small to allow
me to fly. If I am a male cricket,
I can use my wings to make a chirping song instead.

How I am born: I go through three stages of development:
egg, nymph and adult. My egg is laid in the soil during the fall. When spring arrives my egg hatches. As a new cricket I look like a small adult. I grow each time I shed my skin (molt). I will live for about one year.

 
  Fun Facts
In many parts
of the world, crickets
are thought to bring
good luck. It is rumored
that crickets can tell the
outside temperature:
Count the number of
chirps they make in one minute, divide by 4 and then add the number 40 to reach the outside temperature. There are about 900 species of crickets worldwide.