Other names: Cricket
Latin name: Acheta domesticus
size: 1,5 - 2,0cm
Appearance: yellow-brown tank
Sexual dimorphism: No
Nutrition type: Omnivore (omnivor)
food: Carrion, small insects, plant material
original origin: Africa
Sleep-wake rhythm: nocturnal
natural enemies: Ant, bat, frog, spider, birds, wasps
sexual maturity: ?
mating season: possible all year round
oviposition: 1000 - 2500 eggs
social behavior: Loners
Threatened with extinction: No
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.
Interesting about the cricket
- The cricket or Acheta domesticus describes a species of insect within the Langfühlerschrecken, which are among the Real crickets.
- It is mainly known as food insect, which is used in terrarium. So it serves as an important food source for various reptiles that are kept as pets.
- In captivity, crickets are very easy to grow and make no special demands on the feeding.
- Crickets are native to North Africa and southern Asia in the wild, but are present in Europe and North America through naturalization, but can survive only in sheltered buildings in colder regions. For example, crickets in Central Europe are often found in greenhouses, shafts and cellars with high humidity.
- The Latin name of the Heimchen means translated as "the domestic singer" and refers to the melodious and long-lasting chirping of the males, which can be heard at night and is formed from up to three tones per second.
- Heimchen reach body lengths of a maximum of two inches and show two protruding from the abdomen Cerci. The females also have a needle-shaped laying tube about fifteen millimeters long.
- The slender body of the cricket is yellowish brown to yellow in color and shows a dark pattern on the head and neck plate.
- The fully developed wings make crickets flyable insects.
- The nocturnal crickets are very light-shy and therefore hide during the day in dark places.
- They feed on the food of all kinds from vegetable and animal food. Therefore, crickets are good recyclers of waste, carrion and food leftovers.
- Through vigorous chirping the males attract mating females.
- A few days after mating, the female lays her eggs well hidden in cracks and crevices, with the amount of the gel attaches to the food. If the mother animal previously consumes mainly animal food, it lays significantly more eggs than after eating vegetable food.
- After a few weeks to months hatch the tiny larvae that have developed after at least 120 days to Imago.