Cricket insect information for kids
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric CarleA VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . .
As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise--an actual chirp!
Full of Eric Carles gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.
3 Unbelievable Cricket Facts!
Facts on Crickets for Kids
Crickets also known as " true crickets " , of the family Gryllidae , are insects related to bush crickets , and, more distantly, to grasshoppers. The Gryllidae have mainly cylindrical bodies, round heads, and long antennae. Behind the head is a smooth, robust pronotum. The abdomen ends in a pair of long cerci ; females have a long, cylindrical ovipositor. The hind legs have enlarged femora , providing power for jumping. The front wings are adapted as tough, leathery elytra , and some crickets chirp by rubbing parts of these together. The hind wings are membranous and folded when not in use for flight; many species, however, are flightless.
Rumor has it luck and fortune follow crickets wherever they go, which may explain why the Chinese once carried these insects in small bamboo cages. Occasionally crickets can be pests, damaging crops or seeds, but generally, people happily co-exist with them, even appreciating their unique songs. Chances are, if you come across a cricket in your house, it's a field cricket -- one of the most common type of crickets in the U. There are several types of field crickets in the U. A cricket has a round head, topped with long, thin antennae, which add up to an inch to his body length. He has wings along the side of his body, which is flat on the top and comes in a variety of colors, including black, brown, red and green. Despite the presence of wings, the cricket moves by jumping.
My Home: I am found in North America and throughout other parts of the world. During the warm summer months I am found in fields, beneath rocks, or under some other yard debris. What I eat: I feed on plants and sometimes other insects. What I look like: I am related to the grasshopper and the katydid. I am approximately one inch in length, have great vision and with my compound eyes can see in many different directions at once. My wings are usually too small to allow me to fly. If I am a male cricket, I can use my wings to make a chirping song instead.