Crickets in Raleigh
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Crickets are small to medium-sized insects with mostly cylindrical, somewhat vertically flattened bodies. More than 900 species of crickets have been identified around the world. Most male crickets make a loud chirping sound by stridulation (scraping two specially textured limbs together). Several types of cricket songs are in the repertoire of some species. The calling song attracts females and repels other males, and is fairly loud. If you live in Raleigh or the suburbs of Glenwood, Five Points or Six Forks, you may have seen these different types of crickets:

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