If you have spent any time on this website you already know that I am fond of crickets. I am also a firm believer that insect protein is good for you and crickets happen to be my insect of choice. I have enjoyed a few products that include crickets as part of the ingredients and am always on the lookout for more interesting cricket laden products. If you know of any, let me know! Anyway, I thought it might be fun to look at some cricket fun facts this time around.
1 – The Chill Affects The Chirp
Crickets are insects. This means that they are cold blooded. In other words, in order to chirp, crickets need to be in warm weather. The cooler it gets, the frequency of the chirping is reduced. Warm weather gives these little guys the energy to chirp all they want.
2 – Did He Say The Chirpers Were Guys?
Yup. I actually did say that. The male cricket is the only one that does any chirping. By the way, the whole idea behind chirping is to attract a female cricket. Call it a social network without the internet. Chirping gets the word out that a male is seeking some female company.
3 – There’s The Rub
Since we’ve revealed that it is the male cricket that does all the chirping, do you know how he does it? If you guessed that he makes the sound with his mouth you would be wrong. The male cricket rubs his wings together in such a way that it produces a chirping sound.
4 – No Need To Set The Alarm
Crickets are generally nocturnal. This is why you normally hear them – and remember, it’s just the males you are hearing – at night and usually at dusk. Don’t forget, if you are hearing the males out there, there is going to be at least as many females outside as well.
5 – That’s A Big Family
A female cricket can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. They look very much like grains of rice and if you are farming crickets indoors, you have to remove the eggs as soon as you see them. By using a separate incubation container you save them from getting eaten by adult crickets.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.