Latest Crickets Stories
For most of us, crickets are probably most recognizable by the distinctive chirping sounds males make with their wings to lure females. But some crickets living on the islands of Hawaii have effectively lost their instruments and don't make their music anymore.
The Filthy Crickets "good time" rock and roll band will play a special benefit April 6 on Long Island benefiting the American Portfolios Team in World T.E.A.M.
Everyone wants to present themselves in the best light - especially when it comes to finding a partner.
The long-standing consensus of why insects stick together after mating has been turned on its head by scientists from the University of Exeter. Published today in Current Biology, their study shows that, contrary to previous thinking, females benefit from this arrangement just as much as males.
Tracing the success of individual wild insects in leaving descendants is now possible according to new research by University of Exeter biologists using a combination of digital video technology, tagging and DNA fingerprinting.
The winning distance in the junior division cricket spitting contest at the Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield, was 9 feet, 11 inches, organizers said. The junior division almost didn't happen, after the 5- to 8-year-olds balked at putting crickets in their mouths -- but contest co-organizer Alanna Feddick changed the order of the contest so the adults would go first, the Marshfield News-Herald reported.
UC Riverside biologists researching the behavior of field crickets have found for the first time that female crickets remember attractive males based on the latter's song, and use this information when choosing mates.
In a study published in the Dec 24 issue of the online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, Judge and co-author Vanessa Bonanno show that, indeed, males with larger heads and mouthparts are more successful in fights with smaller-headed rivals.
They congregate on patios, slip into stairwells and, if they're crunched under foot, oh do they stink. Crickets are here in force, annoying Texans earlier than usual - thanks to the year's wet weather in much of the state.
Crickets, family Gryllidae (also known as "true crickets"), are insects which are related to grasshoppers and katydids (order Orthoptera). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae and are known for their chirp (which only male crickets can do; male wings have ridges that act like a "comb and file" instrument). They chirp by rubbing their wings over each other, and the song is species-specific. There are two types of cricket songs: a calling song and a courting song. The...
Crickets, family Gryllidae (also known as "true crickets"), are insects related to grasshoppers and katydids (order Orthoptera). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae. Crickets are known for the loud chirping noises they make by rubbing their wings together. Only male crickets sing as the male wings have ridges that act like a "comb and file" that produces a song that is species specific. Interestingly in 1970, Dr. William H. Cade discovered that the parasitic fly Ormia...
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