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They found that although each species has its own optimal mating call, the repetition rate of chirp "syllables" was the single most important parameter.Other males may be attracted by the song and rush to the singer just as females do.Crickets, like other Orthoptera (grasshoppers and katydids), are capable of producing high-pitched sound by stridulation.Crickets differ from other Orthoptera in four aspects: Crickets possess three-segmented tarsi and long antennae; their tympanum is located at the base of the front tibia; and the females have long, slender ovipositors.Cricket fighting season extends until the end of autumn, overlapping with the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Day.

Cages are used primarily for trapping and transportation.The imperial gardeners grew custom-shaped molded gourds tailored to each species of cricket.Their trade secrets were lost during the Chinese Civil War and the Cultural Revolution, but crickets remain a favorite pet of the Chinese to the present day.In the early 12th century the Chinese people began holding cricket fights.Throughout the Imperial era the Chinese also kept pet cicadas and grasshoppers, but crickets were the favorites in the Forbidden City and with the commoners alike.

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