Cuticle segments from the thorax, abdomen, and jumping legs of the house cricket, Acheta domesticus, were examined using histological techniques for light microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and direct examination of frozen-fractured cuticle. The surface of untreated cuticle is covered by a lipid film which obscures fine surface detail. Standard EM preparative procedures, as well as washing the cuticle with ethanol before examination, remove this film exposing previously covered openings to dermal gland ducts and wax canals. An epicuticle, exocuticle, mesocuticle, endocuticle, and a deposition layer were present in all transverse sections of cuticle. Light microscopy showed that the exocuticle and mesocuticle are heavily impregnated with lipids, whereas there is little lipid associated with the endocuticle. Frozen-fractured cuticle clearly shows the 'plywood' structure of the meso- and endocuticle, while the exocuticle fractures as if it were a solid sheet. The epicuticle is composed of a dense homogeneous layer, cuticulin, outer epicuticle, and the outer membrane. Superficial wax was detected only in cuticle samples prepared using vinylcyclohexane dioxide as a polar dehydrant. The results were used to construct a comprehensive model of the cuticle of A. domesticus.