Why do crickets chirp?

Crickets were considered to be symbols of good luck and respect in ancient China and Japan. The insects were kept in cages of gold, where people could listen to their melodious chirping. The name cricket comes from the French word ‘criquer’ which means ‘small creaker’. On a calm night, the chirping of crickets in your yard or garden can be a very soothing sound. However, the same chirping can send you into a rage, if the insect has entered your home and is ruining your sleep. On the other hand, chirping is a very important activity in a cricket’s life cycle. They mainly communicate using scent, touch and sound, and sound is the most widely used method.


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