Subject: Big black bug in my basement and it jumps
Location: Northeast Pennsylvania
September 23, 2016 6:10 pm
Hi bug man,
I have these big black bugs in my basement. I think they are crickets but I don’t hear them. Can you tell me what they are. I am attaching a picture.
This is indeed a female Field Cricket in the genus Gryllus, and her sex is evident because of the long ovipositor at the tip of her abdomen. She is silent because only the male Field Crickets chirp.
Thank you so much. She is a beautiful bug. Didn’t know that the females didn’t chirp.
Many years ago, when Daniel first moved to a small cottage in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, he had a male Field Cricket living in the drain of the sink in the bathroom. It chirped for months.