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Field Cricket (Gryllus spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Field Cricket



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The famous chirping of the Field Cricket evokes memories of warm summer nights to those who had the time to listen.



Updated: 01/26/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Field Crickets are a common site throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Warm summer nights bring them out en masse as the males loudly chirp up to 30 times a minute in an effort to attract a female. The noise is a pleasant reminder of the season and will immediately stop if the crickets are approached too closely.

Field Crickets make homes in the ground, in tall grass, or even piles of organic lawn debris. They jump away from perceived danger, but sometimes that means right onto your legs if you're walking through their habitat. They are completely harmless and bounce off as soon as they land. The sensation of being touched tends to startle people though.

Field Crickets eat a diet of animal remains and plant matter. They provide beneficial services to the ecosystem by eating the eggs and pupae of insect that are considered pests. On the other hand, in large numbers, they can be somewhat of a nuisance in gardens, chewing on plants grown for food or aesthetics. Field Crickets are a popular food item for many animals. They are often the species of insect that is used to feed pet spiders and other insectivores like reptiles. Anglers may also use them as bait when fishing. In many countries, they are a food source for humans, providing essential nutrients like protein.




Known Diet of the Field-Cricket



plants, seeds, insects, fruits


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Orthoptera
        Family: Gryllidae
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          Genus: Gryllus
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            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Gryllus spp.
Other Name(s): Fall Field Cricket
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 25mm (0.59" to 0.98")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; red; brown
Descriptors: chirp, jump
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 15mm and 25mm
Lo: 15mm
Md: 20mm
Hi: 25mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Field Cricket may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Field Cricket. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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