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Prized for the good fortune he brings and appreciated for his comforting chirping sounds, the cricket is a fascinating little critter. This omnivorous scavenger keeps the great outdoors tidied up by devouring all kinds of stuff lying about. He is more closely related to the katydid than the grasshopper he so closely resembles.

He makes his crickety noise by rubbing the edges of his smaller wings across each other (not with his legs as many people think). The warmer the temperature, the more chirps per minute! As a matter of fact, when you are in Snowy Tree Cricket territory, just count the number of chirps in 14 seconds and add 40; that will give you the temperature in Fahrenheit.

This indoor-outdoor pillow has been created of lightweight upholstery fabric and depicted in heat-set nontoxic permanent textile paint. Measures 20”x20” and about 5” thick at the center, with removable polyester insert. Spots and splashes clean up easily with a spray of water; may also be gently machine washed and air dried. Withstands rain, wind, sun, bugs, mildew, food spills and rough treatment by guests and pets. How wonderful will this look on your deck or patio, in your garden, porch swing or boot bench? Available in other colors, please convo the artist.

Crickets are nocturnal. Their soothing evening song is a sure sign of summer; also the perfect audio punctuation for those awkward lulls in long, boring, nonproductive committee meetings. Every spring Mama Cricket hatches her 200 adorable eggs and then goes back to the business of trying not to become lunch for some human’s pet frog, salamander, tortoise or lizard.

Crickets are the athlete superstars of the insect world! A gifted cricket living in Mexico or Southeast Asia may be treated like royalty if he has a talent for fighting. Big jaws are a plus! In Macau the top cricket athletes have pedigrees, trainers, vet care and a different female companion every day. Then they are turned loose into the ring, unbelievable amounts of money are waged on the outcome of the match (illegal, of course), and if “Rocky” is tough enough, he will survive to fight again. When his career and life have ended, the humans may even throw a funeral for the little creature, complete with custom bamboo coffin. No, I did not make this up.

As for myself, I am fond of the everyday local crickets, whose song let me know it’s really summertime, and remind me to always let my conscience by my guide. ♫


PLEASE NOTE: Due to high shipping costs, customers outside of North America will receive COVERS ONLY.


© Copyright 2011 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Outdoor pillow cricket 20" insect good luck all weather chirp Orthoptera summer Jiminy Cricket conscience Crabby Chris Original

$41.00 USD
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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: upholstery fabric, polyester fiberfill, love of orthoptera, textile paint
  • Ships from Washington, United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 923 reviews
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