Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Creature Feature #137: Cricket

The 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.

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