The Jamaican field cricket, Gryllus assimilis (Fabricius), was first described from Jamaica and is widespread in the West Indies. It may have first become established in south Florida as recently as the early 1950s. Its scientific name (Gryllus assimilis, or previously Acheta assimilis) was applied to all New World field crickets until 1957.
The real G. assimilis was described from Jamaica and is known in the United States only from southern Florida and Brownsville, Texas. Name derivation: Latin: "as"="copper coin"; "similis" = "like, resembling"; probably in reference to G. assimilis' orange-reddish color. More information: subfamily Gryllinae, genus Gryllus: References:
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Bag of salted ready-to-eat Jamaican Crickets (Gryllus assimilis Sp). Our crickets are raised on GAP certified farms. They are fed a healthy diet of mixed grains and vegetables and raised in clean hygienic conditions. They are processed at our GMP/HACCP accredited factory. Our crickets are 100% natural, no preservatives, artificial colors or flavours have been added.
Bag of salted ready-to-eat Jamaican Crickets (Gryllus assimilis Sp). Our crickets are raised on GAP certified farms. They are fed a healthy diet of mixed grains and vegetables and raised in clean hygienic conditions. They are processed at our GMP/HACCP accredited factory.
The first, or "type," Gryllus assimilis was described in 1775, and had been collected in Jamaica, so now the species usually is known in English as the Jamaican Field Cricket. The real Gryllus assimilis is now considered to be native to the Caribbean area and Mexico south to Brazil, plus it appears to have been introduced into southernmost peninsular Florida and a tiny area of southernmost Texas.
Gryllus assimilis, commonly known as the Jamaican field cricket and sometimes referred to as the silent cricket (a misnomer) among other names, is one of many cricket species known as a field cricket. Its natural habitats are the West Indies and parts of the southern United States, Mexico, and South America, though as a result of widespread breeding programs to supply feeder insects to the pet industry since 2010, it has become available commercially throughout North America and Europe.
Jamaican Crickets (Gryllus assimilis Sp) are another popular edible insect in Thailand. They are commonly prepared by frying in oil and seasoning with soy sauce and pepper. Our crickets are raised on professional commercial farms. They are fed a healthy diet of mixed grains, high protien cricket feed and vegetables.
The house cricket is still commonly bred across the world but in some parts of the US you may see more Jamaican field crickets being sold. Black Cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus) Another species commonly bred commercially throughout the world is the black cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus- refer to below photo). This species is also known as the “black field cricket” or “African/Mediterranean field cricket”.