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House cricket

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Life

Acheta domesticus, commonly called the house cricket, is a cricket most likely native to Southwestern Asia, but has spread worldwide.[2] They are commercially bred as food for pets such as amphibians, arthropods, birds, and reptiles,[3] but can be kept as pets themselves, as has been the case in China and Japan.[4]

Description

The house cricket is typically grey or brown in color, growing to 16–21 millimetres (0.63–0.83 in) in length. Males and females look similar, but females will have an ovipositor emerging from the rear, around 12 millimetres (0.47 in) long. On females, the cerci are also more prominent.[5]

References

  1. ^ Acheta domesticus at the Encyclopedia of Life
  2. ^ Walker TJ. (2007). "House cricket, Acheta domesticus". Featured Creatures. University of Florida/IFAS. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/crickets/adomest.html. 
  3. ^ Galloway, Vickie (January 1998). "Raising Crickets". Scarabogram (Scarabs: The Bug Society) (213): 2–3. http://crawford.tardigrade.net/bugs/cricketsuppl.html. 
  4. ^ Kulzer, Louise (March 1998). "House Crickets". Scarabogram (Scarabs: The Bug Society) (215): 2–4. http://crawford.tardigrade.net/bugs/BugofMonth31.html. 
  5. ^ "Breeding Crickets". Herp Center. http://www.herpcenter.com/breeding-feeder-insects/breeding-crickets-2.html. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 


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