Field crickets can be found in grassy areas where there is some humidity. They get protection in the grass or leaf letter from night temperatures and wind. They live in holes in the ground or under objects on soil. Field crickets will eat both plant and animal matter. They are beneficial as they are scavengers of dead insects and eggs or pupae of other pests. The males create a familiar sound on warm summer nights, as they chirp to attract females. When the females lay eggs, they are placed deep into soil. These crickets can be considered pests, as they do invade homes, as well as have been known to destroy crops. I found this one wandering around on the sidewalk. We have no snow so far this season, so I have run across them a few times this winter, where normally I would not see them at all.


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