The 10 Weirdest Facts About Crickets
No matter where you’re from, you’ve no doubt grown accustomed to the telltale chirp of the crickets on a hot summer night. Crickets are so prevalent, in fact, that for many of us, they’ve become background music—an afterthought, almost. However, if we all knew more about these critters, we might not let them blend into the background because crickets are delightfully weird.
Bugs are bugs, we get it. However, if you look a little closer you’ll see that the common cricket is actually one of the most fascinating, strange, and even important insects in the world today. To prove our point, we’d like to highlight some of the more unique cricket fun facts.
What are crickets?
Crickets are insects in the order Orthoptera. They are distantly related to grasshoppers. Crickets have cylindrical bodies, round heads, and a long antennae. Though it may look like they only have four legs instead of the requisite six, crickets have two smaller legs protruding from the middle of their torso.
Are crickets dangerous?
Crickets are not dangerous. However, they can bite. While they have multi purpose jaws that are capable of chewing through cloth or cardboard, it is rare for a cricket mouth to actually puncture the skin of a human. They simply aren’t aggressive. The biggest threat these pests carry is being noisy when you’re trying to sleep.
10 weird facts about crickets
After reading these 10 craziest cricket facts, you’ll never hear that chirp the same way again!
1. Crickets are a delicacy
In many parts of the world, crickets are considered a delicacy. They’re prepared in many different ways! In Thailand, fried crickets are commonly served with beer; one of the most popular snacks in the country is Jing Leed, a deep-fried cricket seasoned with sauce and pepper. It turns out that crickets are rich in protein and other nutrients that make them a legit food source.
2. Crickets are extremely lightweight
How much does a cricket weigh? Almost all types of crickets weigh between .2 and .8 grams—or .0007 to .003 ounces. To put these numbers in perspective, a paper clip weighs one gram! Combine this with the powerful back legs that crickets have and you understand how they can propel themselves three feet or thirty times their size in a single bound.
3. Crickets are a symbol of good luck
In China, crickets are a traditional symbol of good luck. In the imperial era, crickets were a popular pet for nobles and commoners alike. They were often kept in bamboo or even golden cages. Are crickets good luck for you? Think about it next time you cross paths.
4. Crickets don’t have lungs
Like many other insects, crickets don’t have lungs and can’t breathe through their mouths or nostrils. Instead, they take air in through a series of small holes on the sides of their bodies called spiracles.
5. Every species of cricket has a unique chirp
There are over 900 species of crickets in the world. Every single one of these species has their own unique chirp! Some experts can tell which species are in a given field just by listening to the different chirps. Speaking of the chirping noise…
6. Crickets chirp by rubbing their wings together
Each cricket wing has a set of 50-300 “teeth” arranged in a comb-like pattern. The cricket rubs this comb against the upper hind edge of its other wing. As their wing brushes the teeth, it creates the chirping noise! Only the male crickets make all this racket. They use their chirp to attract mates, intimidate rivals and woo the females once they’ve met.
7. Cricket’s “ears” are located on their legs
Crickets can hear each other’s chirps through a special auditory organ called a tympanum that’s located on their forelegs. This organ is hypersensitive to vibrations which keeps them alert to any approaching predators. This explains why you might find it difficult to sneak up on a cricket.
8. Crickets chirp faster when it’s hot outside.
In fact, you can calculate the temperature outside by listening to cricket chirps:
Formula: x (x=the number of chirps in one minute) ÷ 4 + 40 = Outside temperature
Count the number of times a cricket chirps in one minute, divide that number by 4, and then add 40. The result is how hot it is outside!
This is because crickets’ body temperature is directly related to the outside temperature. As they warm up, their wings can move faster.
9. Cricket fighting has been a popular pastime in China for over a thousand years.
Though its popularity has waned somewhat in recent years, the breeding and selling of fighting crickets is still a lucrative industry. There’s even an annual National Cricket Fighting Championship, which follows rules established in the 13th century and attracts fans from all over China. And don’t worry—crickets rarely harm each other when fighting; matches are decided when one cricket stops fighting and attempts to flee. It’s not uncommon for crickets of impressive pedigree and talent to be worth as much as 10,000 yuan, or $1,600!
10. Crickets are 10 times more efficient as a food source than cattle and 100 times more water efficient to raise.
Some people believe crickets will be the best way to feed our growing population in the future.
Help With A Cricket Problem in Your House or Business
Crickets are pretty cool, right? However, all of these fun facts probably won’t help you if you can’t sleep or work because of the incessant, unbelievably loud chirping of crickets in your home or business. If you’re dealing with a cricket problem, get in touch with Assured Environments right away! Rest assured we’ll drive those noisy tenants out fast so you can enjoy the silence.