House Cricket
Acheta domestica

House Cricket, Acheta domesticaAnother unintended import, the house cricket is more often heard than seen.  They are pests when loose in the house, since they eat paper and other natural fibers.  Some people raise crickets as live food for some pets.  Others use them for bait.

House Cricket, Acheta domesticaThis view gives a view of the underside of a cricket.  In some societies, having a cricket in the house, in a cage, brings good luck.

House Cricket, Acheta domesticaThis is a female cricket.  She has lost one jumping leg, and part of an antenna.  The ovipositor on the end of he abdomen is used to insert eggs into the soil.

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