Gryllus Assimilis - Field Cricket
Family - Gryllidae
Order - Orthoptera
Length - 1.4 to 3 cm.
Recognition - Brown or black, large head, short wings, abdomen has cerci. Large rear legs for purpose of jumping. The female has a long ovipositor protruding from the tip of the abdomen.
Habitat - Fields, underground nests, buildings
Behavior - Herbivore
Residency - North America
Of Special Note - Males produce a notably shrill sound that can commonly be heard at night. The field cricket can occasionally become a pest when in large force in a grain field or invading homes. Many people breed the field cricket in order to feed pet reptiles and amphibians. A colony can be created by putting at least one male and female into an aquarium or similar container with water-soaked bread for food and water and egg cartons for housing. It is important to remember to keep hydrated bread in the cage or the crickets will dehydrate and die.
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