If you live in certain areas, the weird noise you hear at night near bodies of water may not be made by frogs. Instead, it might actually be a mole cricket.
While these guys were looking for reptiles one night near a pond in Texas, they kept hearing this weird noise that they initially thought was a singing frog. However, they couldn’t seem to find the source of the sound. After doing a little bit of research they discovered the source of the mysterious noise: the mole cricket.
Just as you would suspect from their name, mole crickets look like a mix of a mole and a cricket. Though they can fly, they spend most of their lives burrowed underground, just like moles.
That high pitched noise you hear at night is actually a mating song sung by male mole crickets in an effort to attract females.
Watch the video to see learn more about these interesting creatures:
So there you have it: if you live in the Southeastern United States, there is a very good chance that you’ve heard the song of a mole cricket at night but just didn’t know it.