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Jungle Cricket by melvynyeo Jungle Cricket by melvynyeo
Crickets, family Gryllidae (also known as "true crickets"), are insects somewhat related to grasshoppers, and more closely related to katydids or bush crickets (family Tettigoniidae). They have somewhat flattened bodies and long antennae. There are about 900 species of crickets. They tend to be nocturnal and are often confused with grasshoppers because they have a similar body structure including jumping hind legs. Crickets are harmless to humans.

The sound emitted by crickets is commonly referred to as chirping; the scientific name is stridulation. Only the male crickets chirp. The sound is emitted by the stridulatory organ, a large vein running along the bottom of each wing, covered with "teeth" (serration) much like a comb. The chirping sound is created by running the top of one wing along the teeth at the bottom of the other wing. As he does this, the cricket also holds the wings up and open, so that the wing membranes can act as acoustical sails. It is a popular myth that the cricket chirps by rubbing its legs together.

There are four types of cricket song: The calling song attracts females and repels other males, and is fairly loud. The courting song is used when a female cricket is near, and is a very quiet song. An aggressive song is triggered by chemoreceptors on the antennae that detect the near presence of another male cricket and a copulatory song is produced for a brief period after a successful mating.

Crickets are omnivorous scavengers who feed on organic materials, as well as decaying plant material, fungi, and some seedling plants. Crickets eat their own dead when there are no other sources of food available, and exhibit predatorial behavior upon weakened, crippled crickets.

Crickets have relatively powerful jaws, and several species have been known to bite humans.

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Ajvilla7 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Photographer
wooooow like it 
gingerkittenqueen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
I think it's very pretty. The facial colors really bring out the brown eyes. Is this rare? How did you get the picture shot? It is simply amazing. This is one of a kind beautiful!
Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Aww, look at those puppy-dog eyes, what a darling! And I love its clown-like facial colouring as well, nice insect face shot!
Keraunophobia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such gorgeous colors..
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks! :)
Rebekah--leigh Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How amazing my world would be if I were 1cm tall
Rebekah--leigh Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
can't have excitement without danger!
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Amazing and dangerous! :)
TheGothicBeauty Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
aww! its so cute!

melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Thank you! :)
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