Did you know that only male crickets sing to attract a female?

The loudness of the song is correlated with the size of the male and the quality of the habitat, both indicators of male attractiveness.

These creatures look like strange crosses between lobsters and crickets, with large, clawed front legs reminiscent of moles.

But there is nothing attractive about a lawn attacked by crickets.

They create ridges, increasing the evaporation of moist, disturbed germinating seeds and feed on the grass roots, leaving the plants prone to drying out and damaged. They are nocturnal and during the day return to burrows deep below the surface, which make them difficult to control.