Animal Species:Black Field Cricket

The Black Field Cricket is the most common cricket in Australia and is often encountered in suburban yards of Sydney.

Standard Common Name

Black Field Cricket

Identification

The Black Field Cricket is jet black, but is generally heard rather than seen.

Size range

2-4 cm

Distribution

The Black Field Cricket is found throughout Australia.

Habitat

The Black Field Cricket lives in urban areas, forests and heath.

Other behaviours and adaptations

During the day, the Black Field Cricket hides in vegetation or cracks in the soil and at night it emerges to feed on decaying plant material and insect remains.

Communication

The Black Field Cricket has a complex song. It is able to amplify its call to sound as if it is coming from somewhere else. Like other crickets, singing occurs at night, and the sound is produced by the male rubbing his wings together.

Life cycle

The Black Field Cricket has a life span of only a few months and during this time the female lays about 2,000 eggs.

Classification

Species:
commodus
Genus:
Teleogryllus
Subfamily:
Gryllinae
Family:
Gryllidae
Order:
Orthoptera
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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