CRICKET CHIRPING "The left forewing of the male has a thick rib (a modified vein) which bears 50 to 300 ridges. The chirp (which only male crickets can do) ((obviously...since females would never do something so annoying! ;) )) is generated by raising the left hind leg to a 45 degree angle and rubbing it against the right hind leg edge of the right hind leg, which has a thick scraper. This sound producing action is called stridulation and the song is species-specific. There are four types of cricket song: The calling song attracts females and repels other males, and is fairly loud. The courting song is used when a female cricket is near, and is a very quiet song. An aggressive song is triggered by chemoreceptors on the antennae that detect the near presence of another male cricket and a copulatory song is produced for a brief period after successful deposition of sperm on the female's eggs."
But, I don't really care why, or how; just the fact that they do it drives me insane. In high school my head was always next to the window and I would often times put my head where my feet were supposed to be because I could not sleep. The other night was the first time since I came to college that the crickets kept me from getting to sleep. And boy did they keep me from sleeping. There were some seriously jealous mating crickets that night or something, because I finally fell asleep around 4:30.
And it was all thanks to my saving grace:
Yep, apparently I have really great sense at 4:00 in the morning and was trying to think of anything that could possibly double as ear plugs. I was successful. I now have a plethora of cotton balls on the shelf above my bed, just in case the crickets get a little crazy. Which they tend to almost every single night!
Thank goodness for cotton!