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Difference Between Black and Brown Crickets

Black vs Brown Crickets

Black and brown crickets are variants of the common cricket of the family Gryllidae. The family Gryllidae belongs to the order Orthoptera and the subfamily Gryllinae.

As both a species and a part of the family, they are closely related to the grasshopper and katydids. As crickets, they are scavengers that are classified as omnivorous. For their diet, crickets eat everything and anything. This means their main food is dead or dying organisms in their environment. It could be a dead plant or dead insects. An alternative means of food includes “bug grub,” a mixture of food and supplements or fruits and vegetables.

Crickets are famous for their chirping sounds. These sounds are performed only by the male crickets by rubbing their two front wings together. Their distinct anatomy includes a flat body, large and muscular rear legs, powerful jaws for biting, with long antennae (called feelers), and small, leathery, front wings.

Crickets with black or brown colorings are classified as house and field crickets respectively. Meaning the brown crickets are usually found inside dwellings while black crickets are generally found in the outside surroundings.

Black and brown crickets differ in many ways. The most obvious distinction is the color of their body. Black crickets (with the scientific name Acheta assimilis) are considered to be meatier and larger. Their shell is also harder to bite for an animal as its food, and they move slowly but are more aggressive than their brown counterparts. The black crickets are noted to stay on the ground most of the time. Black crickets are also noted for their spindlier legs.

On the other hand, brown crickets (known as Acheta domesticus) have a softer shell or exoskeleton, jump more frequently compared to the black crickets. They are also slimmer and more compact than their black counterparts. Brown crickets can also be bought as pet food in bulk from pet shops or domestically bred to be food.

In terms of temperament, brown crickets are more docile while black crickets are more aggressive and tend to bite. Black crickets are also prone to be noisier and eat more compared to their brown counterparts.

Both black and brown crickets are ideal as pets and as food for other animals. As pets, black and brown crickets are fairly low-maintenance but highly popular. Their popularity stems for the chirping noises they make. Maintaining a black or brown cricket requires an enclosure with proper ventilation and simple foods. Keeping the cricket warm is also an important aspect since crickets don’t usually survive past the winter season.

Many varieties of crickets are popular feeding foods for other animals like reptiles (frogs, lizards, iguanas, tortoises, salamanders) and spiders. Brown and black crickets are often dusted or sprinkled with a supplement powder before being fed to the pet. This process is called “gut loading.” However, the crickets should be free from contamination of insecticides before feeding them to the pet.

Summary:

1.Black crickets are commonly known as field crickets while brown crickets are known as house crickets.
2.Black crickets are larger, more aggressive, and tend to not jump around while the brown counterparts are smaller, slimmer, docile, and use their legs for jumping.
3.Despite their moniker as “silent” crickets, brown crickets also make the same noise as black crickets.
4.Black crickets have a tougher body or exoskeleton while brown crickets have softer ones. This difference makes brown crickets as a favorite food choice for pet owners.
5.Brown crickets are available from pet shops as pet food for various amphibian pets and can be bred domestically for this purpose.


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2 Comments

  1. 1.Black crickets are commonly known as field crickets while brown crickets are known as house crickets.

    Crickets with black or brown colorings are classified as house and field crickets respectively

    Great article except this confusion…

  2. The process of ‘gut loading’ is when you feed the crickets lots of nutritious veg/fruit.
    The process of adding supplement powder to the cricket is simply called ‘dusting’.
    You should NEVER feed an iguana crickets, they are strictly vegetarian.

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