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Crickets, Pacific Northwest

Camel Cricket, Photo By Bud Logan

Crickets are related to grasshoppers and katydids. You can identify them from their long antennae and their powerful back legs, which they use for jumping or hopping. Adult females have a conspicuous ovipositor extending backwards from the tip of the abdomen. Male crickets chirp by rubbing their wings together. They are usually active at night.

They are medium-sized to large insects. Like their relatives the grasshoppers and katydids. They have rounded heads, antennae that are long and thin, and their wings bend down on the sides of their body. They often look flat, or at least the top of their body is flattened. Most are brown, but some are black and conehead crickets are green.  Both males and females have ears, but they are on their legs! They are smooth round structures on their lower legs. Females have a thin round tube on the end of their abdomen that they use to lay their eggs. This structure is a called an ovipositor.

They are found all around the world. There are over 120 species in north America, the Pacific Northwest has many types of crickets, l have photographed 4 but am always on the lookout for others.

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