Crickets are omnivores and scavengers by nature. They can feed on almost anything, including fresh plant material, decaying organic matter and, when they are extremely hungry, both living and dead insects. Some cricket species can become entirely carnivorous and serve as predators to weakened or crippled insects. Crickets tend to be nocturnal and hunt for their food at night.Continue Reading
Field crickets prefer to eat fresh plant material, such as vegetables, fruits and seedling plants. They can significantly damage and wipe out agricultural crops and may also feed on newly planted seeds. Some crickets help keep annoying weeds at bay by feeding on the plants, but other species, such the mole cricket, dig holes underground and prevent agricultural seeds from germinating. Field crickets are known for eating grasshopper eggs and the pupae of butterflies, moths and flies.
A scarcity of food in their natural habitat can cause some cricket species to develop carnivorous tendencies. The armored cricket found in the African continent can become cannibalistic if they lack protein and salt. The rare, tusked weta is mainly carnivorous by nature. Their diet includes earthworms and insects. Weta crickets are indigenous to New Zealand and have existed since the age of the dinosaurs.Learn more about Bugs
To raise crickets you need to set up a proper-sized habitat, keep them in a warm living space, and provide them with food and water. To hatch eggs and continue breeding crickets, set up a breeding dish within the habitat, and incubate the eggs separately.Full Answer >
Potato bugs, more commonly known as Jerusalem crickets, cannot scream in the same sense that a human can because they do not have vocal chords. However, they are able to produce a high-pitched or raspy sound by rubbing their hind legs against their abdomen.Full Answer >
Praying mantis species are carnivorous and primarily feed on other insects, such as butterflies, moths, grasshoppers and crickets. However, adult mantids aren't picky and eat rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs and much more as well.Full Answer >
It is rare for a cricket to bite a human, but crickets are capable of biting. A cricket bite is not fatal to a human. Cricket bites can cause painful sores, and there are a number of diseases that can be spread through their cricket bites or cricket feces.Full Answer >