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Crickets

CricketsThere are thought to be around 900 species of true crickets belonging to the “Gryllidae” family. These crickets tend to be nocturnal and are generally characterized by slightly flattened looking, light brown to dark brown coloured bodies and long antennae.

Throughout the region you may refer to them more commonly as the “field cricket”. Like all insects, their bodies are protected by an exoskeleton, which is a tough outer casing or shell. Possibly the most memorable characteristic of the cricket is its long hind legs which, as well as being used to jump, are used for communication. Only the male cricket can “chirp” and does so by rubbing its hind legs against a forewing, which has between 50 to 300 ribs on it.