Unprecedented warmth in Melbourne has led to an invasion of crickets in various parts of the city, prompting residents to share their experiences on social media. Suburbs like Fitzroy, Thornbury, and North Melbourne have borne the brunt of this infestation.

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Dr. Ken Walker, Senior Curator at Museums Victoria Research Institute, attributes the surge in cricket numbers to the dry winter experienced last year. He explained to news outlets that mild winters without freezing conditions allow insects to thrive, enabling them to reproduce even in winter months, leading to a sudden proliferation.

Dr. Scarlett Howard from Monash University noted that this year’s rainy and humid summer, especially in December and January, has created ideal breeding conditions for crickets. The combination of warm weather and humidity has facilitated their emergence in large numbers.

As Melburnians grapple with this unexpected phenomenon, experts emphasize the interconnectedness of weather patterns and insect populations, highlighting the importance of understanding and mitigating such ecological shifts.

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