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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Acheta domesticus - House-cricket

Range & Status

Alien, although established in Britain for centuries and flourishing in several urban localities again after severe national decline since the 1940s.

Regional Distribution

Recently recorded in one site in VC2, one on the Isles of Scilly and one in west Cornwall.

Habitat & Ecology

Found in heated buildings and ferment-warmed rubbish tips, and temporarily in fields and hedges in hot summers. May escape from pet centres.


Pest control measures.


None known.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.