Have you ever read the book “The Very Quiet Cricket?” It’s about a young cricket who can’t chirp until he grows up.
My friend Rich Zack reminded me of that book when we talked about your question. He’s an insect scientist at Washington State University.
He told me only adult male crickets make sound. Sometimes they chirp to defend their territories. It’s how they tell other male crickets to stay away.
But the main reason they chirp is to find a mate. Cricket chirps are mating songs. That song will be different for different kinds of crickets—and the song changes when the female cricket shows up.Read More ...