Camel Crickets

Camel Cricket, Vancouver Island, BCCamel crickets live through the Winter as juveniles or adults and begin to lay eggs in the spring. Nymphs hatch from the eggs a few weeks later. The nymphs look identical to the adults, only smaller. They do have long antennae and unusually long powerful back legs giving them an unusual appearance. Camel Crickets are powerful jumpers when disturbed. Read More….



Cave Crickets

Cave Cricket, Vancouver Island, BCCave crickets seek out damp locations. Around homes, they can be found in drainpipes and water meter boxes. They often hide under mulch and under piles of leaves. They also hide under sheds if there is a space they can squeeze into. Read More….



Field Cricket

Field Crickets, Vancouver Island, BCField crickets are strongly attracted to light. Field crickets are the most likely to accidentally enter homes in late summer and early fall looking for a warm haven from colder evenings. Usually, male field crickets will be noticed due to their loud chirping. Read More….



Long Wing Conehead Cricket

Long Wing Conehead Cricket, Vancouver Island, BCThe Long Wing Conehead Cricket is a bush cricket of rough grassland and woodland areas, as well as damp habitats. It is largely vegetarian, feeding on grasses, but will also eat small invertebrates. Nymphs emerge from mid-May onward, molting into their adult forms at the end of July. Read More….


Cave Cricket, Vancouver Island, BC
Cave Cricket, Vancouver Island, BC

Crickets 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. Crickets often look flat, or at least the top of their body is flattened. Most crickets 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. Female crickets have a thin round tube on the end of their abdomen that they use to lay their eggs. This structure is called an ovipositor.

Crickets are found all around the world. There are over 120 species in North America, Vancouver Island has many crickets, l have photographed 4 but am always on the lookout for others.

Longwing Conehead Cricket, Vancouver Island, BC
Longwing Conehead Cricket, Vancouver Island, BC, 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 backward from the tip of the abdomen. Male crickets chirp by rubbing their wings together. Crickets are usually active at night.

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2 thoughts on “Crickets”

  1. Aug 6 ,2022- I have recently (over the last 2 weeks) been hearing crickets around my house in Victoria, BC. We have not ever heard them before but last night after midnight I caught a green cricket climbing my chives in the back yard. I had not ever seen or heard crickets before and now hear them and caught one. Are these crickets becoming more common in the sound island/Victoria?

    Thanks, Dwayne

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