The fall cricket measures between 15 mm and 30 mm long. Its colour varies from very dark brown to black, its antennae are longer than its body and the abdomen ends in cercus, appendage in a filament. The female is very different from the male by the presence of the ovipositor, a long cylindrical egg-laying organ, located between the two cerci.
The fall cricket is an omnivorous insect, so it feeds on a wide variety of foods such as leaves, seeds, fruits, other dead or living insects, and sometimes even other crickets.
The fall cricket lives in fields, roadsides, on land near our homes, in and around piles of wood, stacked stones and the compost bin.
The female lays between 150 to 400 eggs, pushing her ovipositor into a firm, moist soil.