Crickets are plentiful this year. Readers in Indiana can hear them chirp through the night. Some find the chirping comforting. Others find the noise irritating.
The female cricket (in the picture below) came to my door last night. A prominent feature is the antennae that are fully 3 and 1/2 times the length of the body. Long antennae can be useful to insects that travel at night. The male crickets call to the female, but they may be difficult to locate in the dark. The long antennae allow the female cricket to search a very large area for a potential mate.
If a predator is lurking nearby, the cricket can detect the enemy with the long antennae before the cricket wanders within striking range. Although antennae in insects are most associated with sense of smell, the antennae are very sensitive to touch and tactile stimuli. The idea of antennae as “Feelers” that allow the cricket to feel its way in the dark is in this case, descriptive of its behavior.