Crickets are an insect mentioned minimally in the How to Train Your Dragon Book series.
There are over 900 species of crickets, belonging to the Family "Gryllidae". For the most part they are black or dark-colored, with a tubular body and a round head. Most species have wings and many species can fly. Flight ability varies greatly between species, with some flying very well, and others not at all. The wings are also used in part to produce the characteristic cricket 'chirp' these insects are well known for. They rub their legs on their wings to produce a loud sound. The exact mechanism is a bit more complicated than just rubbing two parts together. Crickets chirp as part of reproductive rituals - to attract mates and warn off competition.
In the Book series, crickets are mentioned as a comparison of athletic ability for humans. However in actuality, crickets figure prominently in the folklore of many cultures. They are a symbol of good luck for many Asian cultures. Additionally, they are a nutritious food source for humans and are also raised as feeder animals for some pets such as lizards and spiders. Crickets have even been used as fighting animals in some Asian cultures for entertainment.
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