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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Mole Cricket

Wildlife Wednesday #47

I've blogged about molecrickets before ...sort of. True to their name they are adapted to spending a great deal of time tunneling, but can occasionally be seen on the surface - particularly during the breeding season (spring)

Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - Mole Cricket
On fine spring evenings the males sit in the mouth of wierd Y shaped burrows (two enterances leading to a single tunnel. The males set up at the point where the two entrances join together. There they sit and sing - a piercing, sussuration with strange acoustic properties that makes it very hard to locate the source of the sound. (they cease when you start getting close.)

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