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Why do Cricket Insects Die? (List of Causes)

Crickets can die from predators or causes like lack of food and water, cold, drowning, old age, poison, traps, and fighting.

Do They Freeze in Winter?

During cold winter, most of the crickets will stop chirping. Different types of crickets have different freezing tolerance. In general, they won’t survive during winter.

They will all die because the rate of their metabolism will decrease too low and they will remain in a dormant state for too long. Studies revealed that some of the species of crickets can survive for 1 week if they are placed at a temperature of 18 degrees Fahrenheit. If they will stay at a temperature which is below 18 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours, most of them will not recover.

Crickets will freeze when the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Their bodies consist mainly of water and when the temperature drops to freezing level, the water inside their bodies also freezes. If they are frozen and ice will form in their bodies, they can still recover from dormant state however, if they will stay long in a dormant mode, they will not be able to recover and starts to die.

Do They Die in The Cold?

The lives of crickets are dependent on the temperature. Most insects including crickets are Poikilotherms which means their bodies do not keep and give them warmth. Thus, their life and death are dependent directly on ambient temperature. If the temperature drops below 15 degrees Centigrade, their metabolism will start to slow.

If you will find crickets in places wherein the temperature is around 59 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 degrees centigrade, that cricket will look dead. They can move their legs or can crawl for a second or couple of seconds but they will not survive for a long period when the temperature is low or cold.

When the temperature is too cold for so long, crickets will start to hibernate for too long and they will die because of the low temperature. When the temperature at night drops to 15 degrees centigrade, they will also start to hibernate but when the sun comes out and the temperature starts to increase, they will start to move, thrive, and chirp. In short, crickets usually die during the winter season.

Do They Play Dead?

Crickets will stop moving when they are restrained by pinning gently the root of the legs with fingers. They will remain motionless even if their position is hanging upside down. They will resume moving again if they are left untouched for a while. When crickets try to escape, the muscles of their legs shiver.

This will stimulate chordotonal sensory organs on their legs that will render rigid to their bodies. When this sensory organ is being removed, they will play dead less frequently. They will pretend to be dead to evade predators. For example, when a frog preys on a cricket trying to catch insects when they come into sight.

Do They Fight Each Other?

Male field crickets fight each other for the sake of territories. Once a male of this species has a territory, he will sing to attract the female crickets by rubbing together his forewings.

The female ones will check on them and choose one by approaching the male they were interested in. In China, cricket fighting had been a well-known pastime a few years ago. Recently, its popularity has waned everyone in their place but the selling and breeding of these fighting crickets are still promising.

All over China, they had an annual event called the National Cricket Fighting Championship that followed established rules in the 13th century to attract more fans in their country. When fighting happened, they rarely caused harm to each other. Matches were decided when one cricket attempted to flee and stopped fighting.

Do They Drown?

Crickets can’t survive underwater. They drown with ease even in a very shallow or small dish of water. They only through spiracles located on their sides and instances happen when they will hit the water surface, their breathing holes are immediately covered up and it’s hard for them to breathe as they can’t hold their breath worth spit.

People who use these insects as a feeder for some animals know how vulnerable they are to drowning. To prevent them from drowning, it is best to provide them water from another source like having a sponge or a piece of fruit like a peach or an apple. They will be able to suck out all the moisture coming from the fruit or sponge. So, just keep the food and water in the tank at all times.

They can live for 3 months in the wild and a year as a pet.