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Looks …. tasty? Roasted crickets are shown at the Entomo Farms cricket processing facility in Norwood, Ont., in April 2016. Loblaw has added cricket powder to its lineup of President’s Choice products. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Jiminy Cricket! Why bugs may soon be on the menu

Canada's biggest grocery chain is now selling cricket flour under its revered private label. Here's what that says about contemporary eating habits.
Crickets on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu (pictured) and Kalau have evolved to keep quiet. Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

Sound of silence: crickets rapidly evolved to hide from deadly flies

Crickets are nothing if not noisy, but populations on two Hawaiian islands have embraced silence by rapidly losing sound-producing…
A male Mexican true bushcricket, left, grasps female with bear-trap genital claspers. L Barrientos-Lozano

Handcuffs, traps and spikes shed light on sex lives of insects

Handcuffs, spikes and traps – you would think they were part of some bondage aficionado’s bedroom collection. But what are they doing in the insect world? A new study I worked on sheds light on why some…
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The parasite a cricket’s nightmares are made of

The hairworm is a long, thread-like parasite that sits bundled up inside the body of its host. It grows so large that it takes up most of the room inside the host’s body, waiting for the right moment to…

Horny crickets die young

Crickets that exert large amounts of energy throughout their lives have been found to die earlier than their less-energetic…

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