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Insect musicians & cricket champions; A cultural history of singing insects in China and Japan

Ryan, Lisa Gail

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ISBN 10: 0835125769 / ISBN 13: 9780835125765
Published by China Books & Periodicals, San Francisco, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Square Octavo (23 cm); illus color boards and illus DJ; xiii, 72p; numerous color illus & photos; glossary, tables, bibl., index. Signed by author on title page. Includes much text from Berthold Laufer's 'Insect-musicians and Cricket Champions of China' (1927), and Lafcadio Hearn's 'Insect-musicians' (1898); plus many illustrations from both works. || An uncommon book . || Topics: Crickets, China, Japan.Orthoptera; Sound production by animals. Insects as pets; Singing bugs. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 19278

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Title: Insect musicians & cricket champions; A ...

Publisher: China Books & Periodicals, San Francisco

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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Book by Ryan, Lisa Gail, Ryan, Lisa G.

From the Author:

I enjoyed keeping crickets while I worked on my book. They make beautiful sounds and are easy to keep. If you are considering a pet cricket for yourself, here are some suggestions to keep them happy and healthy:

  • Housing: Crickets can be raised with minimal care in small containers. A smooth sided container helps prevent escape. A thin layer of clean, damp sand can be placed in the bottom of the container, but isn't necessary provided they have places to climb and hide. Keep small paper containers such as paper towel rolls or egg cartons in the container to provide protection and hiding places.
  • Food: Crickets are omnivores. They need plants, grains, and protein. Commercially available cricket food can be found in many pet stores. Chicken mash and oatmeal are good staples. They also need plenty of fruit and vegetables. Place their food in a shallow dish and change it daily.
  • Water: Provide a continuos supply of clean water. A shallow saucer, like a bottle cap, should be filled with gravel or a small sponge to prevent crickets from drowning. Change their water daily.
  • Environment: Keep your crickets warm! The optimal temperature range is 70-75 degrees. I keep mine next to my computer while I am writing. They sing at night and keep me awake!
  • Cleaning: Remove the cricket and wash his cage with mild soap and water weekly. Rinse it thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before use. Good sanitation is essential.
  • Predators: Watch out for ants! Ants are predatory insects and will attack captive crickets. Keep your cricket out of direct sunlight, temperatures can soar in a plastic container.

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