Mormon Cricket


Actual Size: 2 to 3 inches in length.

Characteristics: may be black, brown, red, purple or green. The abdomen may be striped.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes. Mormon crickets have small but useless wings. They do not fly.

Habitat: Mormon Crickets are commonly found dwelling in open fields rich with sagebrush.


  • Mormon crickets are herbivorous. They are known to consume crops, forage, and other vegetation.
  • Mormon crickets are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are more active during the night.
  • Mormon crickets undertake long-distance migrations in search of food and suitable breeding sites. During these migrations, they can cover large distances.

Mormon Crickets in Manhattan, Kansas City Metro and surrounding areas

Mormon crickets often form large groups during migration and swarming events. These insects undertake remarkable long-distance migrations in search of food and suitable breeding sites. With a penchant for open grasslands, shrublands, and even mountainous regions, they display a unique adaptability to diverse landscapes and environments. Mormon crickets received their name during a 19th century migration into the Salt Lake area of Utah where they destroyed the crops of the Mormon settlers.

Mormon Cricket Habitat

Mormon crickets are known to consume crops, forage, and other vegetation. During swarm events, their feeding can lead to significant agricultural damage. They thrive in natural habitats but can also be found in areas populated by humans. Operating mainly at night, they become noticeable around dusk when they begin their quest for food. Homeowners may become aware of their presence through their distinct sounds. This sound production serves various purposes, including courtship rituals and territorial communication.

Mormon Cricket Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Mormon crickets feed on a variety of plants and vegetation. Their feeding habits can become a significant threat in agricultural areas. Not only do Mormon crickets damage planets and cause economic loss, but their presence in doing so may also be detrimental. Structures and hardscapes may be superficially stained with feces or crushed crickets, creating a clean-up cost to home and business owners. If you’re dealing with a Mormon cricket infestation on your property, it is highly recommended to reach out to American Pest Management for assistance.