House Cricket

Scientific name
Acheta domesticus

14-20 mm long (+ 10 mm ovipositor). Fully winged species with two distinctive dark bars on the head. Usually light brown.

Prolific singer, with regular shrill chirp.

Traditionally lived close to humans and habitation which provided food and shelters during colder seasons. Bakeries and breweries were favoured places. In warm conditions, may be observed in gardens and fields. It should be noted however, that this species occurs much less frequently today with improved hygiene in houses and enterprises.

Local status
Most easily observed in garden centres and pet shops where they are used as food for reptiles. Recent records likely to be the result of escapes from such places.

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