Friday Fun Facts About Crickets
Since yesterday’s blog had to do with crickets as a source of protein for diets in the future I thought it might be fun to learn more about these remarkable insects.
Here are some facts about this interesting insect — not the British version of baseball also known as “Cricket.”
Fun Facts About Crickets
- Crickets are not all lumped together. There are approximately 900 species of crickets with about 100 being found in the US.
- In China crickets are symbols of good luck.
- Not sure I would consider the sounds of crickets as music but a group of crickets is called an “Orchestra.” I’ll wait for the soundtrack.
- Adult crickets get no respect. Baby crickets are called “nymphs.” But there is no name for adult crickets other than male and female crickets.
- Not on the endangered insect list. At any one time there are more than a trillion crickets in the world.
- Crickets have large hind legs and can jump 20-30 times their body length.
- Crickets have wings but don’t fly.
- A cricket’s antennae can be as long or longer than it’s body.
- Crickets can be brown, black, green or red in color depending on where they are in the world.
- The common household cricket is about a half-inch in length and the field cricket can reach up to about one inch in length. Other species can be up to two inches long.
- A normal paperclip is about a gram in weight. A cricket can weigh between 0.2 t0 0.8 grams.
- The largest populations of crickets are found in warm regions of the globe. The Black Field Cricket is the species most commonly found in the United States.
- Crickets usually live in meadows, in logs, under rocks and in pastures. Most live above ground but some will live in trees and underground.
- Crickets are scavengers. Their main diet consists of decaying plants, fungi and dead or injured crickets.
- You want crickets in your garden because they will chow down on ants and aphids.
- Crickets are nocturnal. They sleep during the day and forage for food at night.
- It’s possible to tell the temperature based on the timing of the crickets song.
Some Final Thoughts
As you can see crickets could make a plentiful food source for future generations. You just have to get past that pesky “eating bugs” stuff.
Pass the potatoes — hold the crickets.