How Crickets Can Tell You the Temperature

The other one’s a female.

Hi, Mr. Nature here, sharing a post from Linda about how to tell the temperature by listening to crickets chirping (

They taught us this in school, but I could never remember the formula. Boiled down, it goes like this: average number of chirps in 14 seconds +40 = the temperature in Fahrenheit.

I used to buy crickets to feed to my turtle, but I got attached to them and wound up keeping them as pets instead. It was so nice, one New Year’s morning, with snow on the ground and icicles on the eaves, to listen to a band of crickets chirping in our living room. All you need is a little plastic aquarium, a folded-up piece of paper towel dipped in water (that’s how they drink), a stick for them to climb on, a bit of egg carton for them to hide or sleep in, and wheat germ for food. By and by you wind up with a lot of little tiny crickets hatched from eggs. Those, I’m sorry to say, are all escape artists.

Amazing, isn’t it? You start out with just a bunch of rocks, it rains on the rocks and the rocks come alive, and as minuscule, random changes build up over time, gazillions of years, you get crickets, naked mole rats, elephants, and Shakespeare.


8 comments on “How Crickets Can Tell You the Temperature

  1. Thanks for the video, Lee. The world looks so much different from that perspective. When I first saw this article, I was surprised, but when I thought about it, it made perfect sense, although I doubt the idea would have ever occurred to me. After all, I’m 70 and it hadn’t occurred to me yet lol.

    And the info on raising crickets could come in handy. My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter loves insects, including crickets so that just might be a little project we can share 🙂

  2. On Sunday night’s Mark Levin’s show on Fox, he interviewed the secular physicist David Berlinskim, who said Darwinism is a myth and the newest craze for scientists is collecting as much data about everything you can and then going through it. Who knows, maybe they will find that needle in the haystack 🙂

    1. A lot of what I’ve read of late seems to be pretty forced. One literal example was a caucasian baby found somewhere or another and their whole theory of migration was changed. Hey, maybe that particular baby wasn’t representative of anything significant. They seem to make up a story from scant evidence, then suddenly the story is treated as fact.

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