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Gryllus pennsylvanicus

Common Name: Field Cricket
Gryllus pennsylvanicus
Gryllus pennsylvanicus

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Gryllidae
Genus: Gryllus
Species: Gryllus pennsylvanicus

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Field crickets are 1" long and black to dark brown in color. They have long antennae, wtih 2 cerci, or segmented sensory organs, at the rear of their abdomen.

Habitat & Range

Field crickets live in fields, meadows, and forests across the US and Southern Canada.


They are scavengers, and eat a varietyof plants, fruit, seeds, and other insects. They chirp in threes or long trills.

Life Cycle

Either eggs or nymphs will overwinter in the soil.

Featured image by James Dake


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