Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Crickets, a group of insects belonging to the family Achetidae and order Orthoptera. The best known English species is Acheta domestica, the common brown house-cricket. The largest British species is the Mole Cricket (q.v.), well known for its voracious habits. The New Zealand Deinacridae are the largest living members of this group. Some species are wingless, and are ornamented like large woodlice.