The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 1: Entomology as Applied to Gardens

The house cricket (Gryllus domesticus L.)

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1633. The house cricket (Gryllus domesticus L.) is sometimes as abundant in farmhouses, as the cock-roach is in large towns: both insects, in their omnivorous disposition, are nearly the same. The field cricket (Gryllus campestris) is a larger species, and frequents dry pastures. The mole cricket (Gryllotalpa vulgaris Lat.) is one of the largest and most singularly formed insects in this country; its fore feet being dilated and toothed in a manner perfectly resembling those of the mole. It seems to be particularly common in some parts of Hampshire and Wiltshire, where it frequents gardens and other cultivated spots. Like the mole, it burrows underground; raising a ridge of earth as it proceeds, and sometimes throwing up little hills: during the night, it ventures on the surface. These insects sometimes do considerable injury to beds of young vegetables.