Cricket is a nocturnal insect noted for his strident, chirping call. A
long toothed vein runs along the bottom of each wing, and he runs the
top of his wing across it. The wings themselves act to amplify the
sound. This song serves multiple purposes - attracting a mate; warning
off rival males - he even performs after a successful mating. He has
powerful jaws and feeds on a diet of dead organic matter, fungi and
plants. He, in turn, becomes part of the food chain, being eaten by
lizards, birds, small mammals and even humans.