Black Field Cricket, Teleogryllus commodus Click to enlarge image
Black Field Cricket, Teleogryllus commodus Image: Natalie Tapson
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    commodus
    Genus
    Teleogryllus
    Subfamily
    Gryllinae
    Family
    Gryllidae
    Order
    Orthoptera
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    2-4 cm

Introduction

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

Identification

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

The Black Field Cricket is found throughout Australia.

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 history 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.