Cricket Tales


In a secret field in Northern Spain, hundreds of cricket burrows are monitored using CCTV. This is the first long-term study on the behaviour of wild insects, run by the Wild Crickets research group at the University of Exeter.

Cricket tales is a citizen science project, developed in collaboration between FoAM and the Wild Crickets researchers. By tagging events in the cricket CCTV videos, players contribute directly to research which will determine whether crickets have individual personalities.

The results will tell us whether some crickets are more active in the morning, while others are more active at night. This tells us how flexible their lifestyles are, and how insects might cope as our climate changes. At the end of each game play, the latest results will be displayed, including the data just contributed.

In 2016 we made a pilot version of cricket tales, and based on our experience of what worked and what didn't, we are now making a final version for exhibition and online use - we anticipate this being ready for release in early 2019. Cricket Tales V2 will be installed at the Eden Project on our permanent screens in the Invisible Worlds building.

You can access the code here. The project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.