Crickets can appear very similarly to their related cousins - the Grasshopper - but can be discerned by the fact that common crickets only have 3 tarsal segmented body sections. Crickets are a very common nighttime sound as males produce their chirping sounds in an effort to attract females. Though both grasshoppers and crickets can make these sounds, crickets maintain a higher pitch. House Crickets are most often times held up as a unwanted in-house guest, mostly due to their propensity to chirp - and quite loudly at that.
The House Cricket might be startling to come across at first glance, as their shape and quickness can turn some people off and find them threatening as they do spiders. House Crickets tend to be found indoors most of the time, particularly anywhere there is a supply of food waste such as crumbs, thusly the kitchen of any home or restaurant will do.
Males are smaller in 15mm to 19mm sizes while the "chubby" females come in between 15mm and 21mm lengths. Both sexes contain wings that sit on the abdomen and are shorted when compared to that of the common grasshopper. Identifying colors vary with an in-between of yellow to brown.
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Common name: House Cricket
Scientific Name: Acheta domestica
Other Names: Cricket on the Hearth
Identifying Colors: brown; black
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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