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House Cricket

house_cricket_475x181.jpgHouse Crickets are commonly found in the State of Arizona, as well as many other states in the Union. They are an insect, consisting of six legs, a head, abdomen and thorax, with two long antennae. Female crickets can be slightly larger than their male counterpart. Females can grow as large as 21 mm, while males rarely grow beyond 19mm. The male house cricket is known for his high-pitched chirping sound, he makes while attempting to call for a female. Male and female crickets both have wings that are located on their abdomen. The male cricket uses his wings to create this chirping sound. However, female crickets are not the only thing attracted to chirping of a male, scorpions also come in search of a meal. Crickets can be found just about anywhere there are food sources. Kitchens, bakeries, anywhere there are crumbs. During cold winter months, the house cricket seeks a warm, moist refuge. If the House cricket’s food source becomes scarce, they are known to eat other materials such as plants and other insects.

House crickets are hatched from eggs laid by females. Some female House crickets can lay as many as 100 eggs during her lifetime. As the nymphs hatch from the egg stage, they resemble adults, with the exception that they do not have wings, like the adult. As the House cricket grows from the nymph stage to a full grown adult, in about 3 months, it sheds its shell. The shedding of a cricket’s shell is called molting. Molting is when a cricket has outgrown its shell and forms a larger one in the process. The color of an adult House cricket ranges from brown, to gray and yellow.

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