Saturday, September 22, 2007

Albino Cricket

I'm sure there's some sort of Rare Bug Society that I should call with this news, but I don't really run in those circles. So I don't really know if that actually exists or how to go about finding them.

So I'll just put the news here.

While I mowed my yard yesterday, I had a sighting of (what I can only assume is) the extremely rare Albino Cricket. I was mowing near the corner of my house when something jumped out of the grass at my face.

I quickly (in my head) ran through the list of woodland yard creatures that I know to exist in my yard, hoping that I hadn't just killed another one of them:

Rabbit? No.
Cat? Sadly . . . no.
Bird? Nope.
Legs the Frog? Thankfully, no.
Cricket-shaped? YES.

It was shaped like a cricket, and jumped like a cricket. And here in Texas, crickets are not so much "rare" as they are "abundant", "everywhere", and "annoying." So, I came to the conclusion that it was definitely a cricket.

But it was white.

Seriously, y'all. A WHITE cricket. Who has ever seen such a thing?

I have. Here in my yard.

I didn't get a photo, since I was mowing and didn't have my phone handy. And I might have mowed the cricket, but I can't really be sure. Crickets are hoppy and whatnot.

So I don't actually have any proof that I saw it. You'll have to take my word for it.

Anyway, just thought the world would want to know that I found an Albino Cricket. And in the off chance that they had not been discovered before I saw one yesterday, please be sure to give me credit for discovering this rare species of cricket.

Again. Hope I didn't mow it.



meghant said...

The Cynical Tyrant said...


no, mine was albino. it told me.

janet castillo said...

I believe the albino cricket only turns into an albino for a short period of time. I honestly do not know what causes it but I've seen it happened two times after two purchases purchase for my lizard. I've checked them all right after the purchase to make sure they were all similar ,which in both occasions they were. Then a day or two later the albino cricket would appear. One last a day as an albino cricket, the other went for a week. How it happens or why I do not know, but it's mind bobbling!!

Merritt's House of Flowers said...

Crickets molt. When they do, they're pale ivory or white. Eventually, they turn brown. Sorry to give you the bad news!