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Cricket Time

It is definitely that time of year again! Crickets are chirping and dancing around all the stores. Here are some interesting facts on the cricket!!

Crickets, family Gryllidae, are insects somewhat related to grasshoppers, and more closely related to katydids or the brush crickets (family Tettigoniidae) and Weta (families Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae. There are more than 900 species of crickets.Crickets are not harmful to humans. The “chirping
heard is most commonly coming from the male cricket. The sound is emitted by the stridulatory organ, a large vein running along the bottom of each wing, covered with “teeth” (serration) much like a comb. He also holds the wings up and open, so that the wing membranes can act as acoustical sails. It is a popular myth that the cricket chirps by rubbing its legs together.

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