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How Long Do Crickets Live? (Life Cycle Explained)

Cricket live for about 3 months. They live up to a year when kept as pets due to lack of predators. Different species have various lifespans, for example:

  • House cricket: 9 weeks
  • Banded cricket: 3 months
  • Cave cricket: 1.5 years
  • Jerusalem cricket: 7 months


Most of them die during mating or after the mating season ends. The lifespan of female field crickets is up to 3 months. They will die shortly after laying their eggs. Male camel crickets will die shortly after mating.

Their lifespan will normally last 2 to 3 months while female camel crickets will die a few days after laying their eggs. The lifespan of house crickets is from 8 to 10 weeks and they will die shortly after mating. Female house crickets will die a few days after their nymphs hatch.

A female one normally lays eggs from hundreds to thousands. These eggs will hatch to form small nymphs having a 14 days incubation period.

These nymphs will become adults having an average life span of 90 days or 2-3 months. Mole-specie crickets will live up to two years from the egg up to an adult phase. They will spend the whole winter season in the deep underground. Male field crickets have an average lifespan of 58 days.

Why Do Crickets Have a Normal Lifespan of 2-3 Months?

A cricket will live for a month after they reach its adult stage under some conditions. Most of the crickets don’t live up to their normal life expectancy because various factors can affect the life of the crickets. These are the following:


Indoor crickets can live for a long time. Crickets that are captive and placed in a controlled environment can live up to two years under some conditions, They will only go inside the house to hide from predators and to escape from having the cold weather outside.


There are different predators to crickets and these include humans. Predators that feed on crickets in a place will determine the expectancy life of these crickets and most of them don’t die at old age as they will be eaten by predators before reaching out their full life span.


Climate is one of the causes of the short life span of cricket. In places having season changes, crickets usually live from spring up to winter.

Cricket Life Cycle

Crickets normally hatch their eggs during the spring season. As the nymphs or baby crickets start to eat, they begin to grow and molt many times as they reach the adulthood stage. During their final juvenile molt, they will grow their wings and this is the stage signifying their sexual maturity.

Throughout summer and spring, more generations will develop. Most species of female crickets lay single eggs in moist soil by inserting their ovipositor in the ground and they will extrude the eggs.

Over a lifetime, female crickets can lay up to 400 eggs. Most cricket species live from spring until fall season but eventually die as the temperature becomes cold. Crickets that sneak into your home when the temperature is cool die after a short time.

The can be pets, breathe without lungs, regenerate, jump, fly, live for 3 months.