Crickets

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  • *this interaction is very unlikely to happen in real life
  • Spring Cricket
  • We have a common ancestor!
  • Fall Field Cricket
  • Spring Cricket
  • Fall Feild Cricket egg
  • My eggs are laid, peace out!
  • Early July
  • Spring Cricket
  • RIP my guy
  • Fall Field Cricket
  • These are two different species of cricket, The Spring Cricket and the Fall Field Cricket. They look almost identical, and at one point in time they were a part of the same species. 
  • Too bad it'll freeze soon and we'll die
  • I hope our kids thrive!
  • During winter, the Spring Cricket is already in it's nymph stage, while the Fall Field Cricket is still an egg. This will mean the Spring Cricket is ahead in it's growth phase, creating an age gap between the two.
  • Both of these species are found in Minnesota, you might find them in cracks and around your house!
  •  The Spring Crickets will mature and begin singing and mating in late spring, up until late June or early July. Once eggs are laid they die off. The Fall Field Cricket will only start singing in late July.
  • I sure learned alot, and I love the sound of crickets singing!
  • You might be wondering,  how did The Spring Cricket and the Fall Field Cricket become two different species if they evolved from the same cricket? The term you are looking for is Temporal Isolation, it is a type of speciation.
  • Fall Field Crickets and their eggs
  • A genetic drift happened, making the new population of crickets grow. The time gap between mating seasons probably grew from the inital mutation, from other mutations that happened within the new cricket species.
  •  The crickets it used to be kin with, evolved in their own way making any offspring (if possible) infertile. Thus creating two separate species!
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