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Black field cricket

Black field cricket

Black field crickets are a problem only in Northland, Auckland, parts of Taranaki, and Hawke’s Bay. Eggs are laid in moist soil from February to May, and nymphs (immature adults) emerge from November to January. Adults appear from February and live for two or three months. They inhabit cracks in the soil and eat surrounding crowns of grasses, which usually die.

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Alison Popay, 'Insect pests of crops, pasture and forestry - Introduced pests of pasture foliage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Alison Popay, published 24 Nov 2008