Field Cricket

Field Cricket
Dear Bugman,
I stumbled across this picture of what I believe is a regular field cricket that I took last September here in Barrie, Ontario. Are you able to tell if it’s a male or female? Are those wings on it’s back? What do these guys do during the winter months? Thanks for your help and keep up the great work!

Hi Yvonne,
Your Field Cricket is in the genus Gryllus. It is a female evidenced by the long ovipositor. Those are wings. Field Crickets die at the first frost unless they have sought shelter indoors. Eggs overwinter deep in the soil. The males chirp.

Update from David Gracer (05/31/2006)

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