Crickets are insects that are related to katydids and grasshoppers. The house cricket is usually a light brown color, has long antennae, wings, and large jumping legs.

They can be found throughout the world, but are believed to have originated in Asia. Their habitat has expanded by being taken to new locations by humans, either intentionally or by accident.

These insects survive colder climates by staying close to heat during the winter months. They can be found in and around homes, buildings, dumps, barns, compost, and other warm places. In the United States, house crickets can be found throughout much of the east and in parts of California.

In China, different types of crickets are kept as pets. Some are kept for their singing (chirping) and others are used for the sport of cricket fighting. In Thailand and other areas, crickets are a popular food. In the U.S., house crickets are commercially raised as fish bait and as pet food.

House crickets are a popular feeder insect for birds, reptiles, amphibians, scorpions, tarantulas, and other pets. They are high in protein, reproduce quickly and in large quantities, and require only a moderate amount of upkeep. Since they are nutritious and easily replaced they make an excellent food for pets and people.

    House Cricket Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Orthoptera
  • Family: Gryllidae
  • Genus: Acheta
  • Species: Acheta domestica

Cricket Guide

Raising & Breeding
How to create a colony that will supply a nearly endless supply of insects.

Life Cycle
Learn about a cricket’s three stages of life.

Pictures and descriptions of the parts that make up a cricket.

Learn how they chirp, why they chirp, and the relationship between chirping and temperature.

Recipes & Nutrition
How to cook crickets and their nutritional value.

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