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The changing natural world at our doorsteps | Illustration and text by Patterson Clark      

November 24, 2009

Crickets come in from the cold

A cricket at the hearth may be a traditional sign of good luck, but it's also a sign of winter approaching. Cooler weather can drive the insect indoors, seeking a warmerenvironment for the final weeks of its life.

A distant cousin to cockroaches (a traditional sign of filth), field crickets are slower-moving and uninterested in your garbage, preferring dark, damp spots where males sing by rubbing their

wings together for as long as eight hours a day.

Scores of cricket species are found in the U.S., each with a unique song. Explore cricket songs at the University of Florida.

Field cricket

SOURCE: University of Florida Department of Entomology