|Crickets are in the family Gryllidae and are terrestrial insects
that are somewhat related to grasshoppers. The banks of
many trout streams have crickets. Wind, water and simple
mistakes made by jumping crickets often cause them to end
up as trout food. Field crickets are black and range from ½ to
1-1 ¼ inches long. These are generally found in pastures and
meadows. Crickets damage field crops like wheat and oats.
Female crickets deposit their eggs in moist soil in the Fall.
They hatch in two to three weeks. The newly hatched insects
look similar to the grown adults except for their size. They are
wingless, and develop into adults in about four months. The
adult cricket dies during the Winter.