jeudi 28 juillet 2016

Singing at night

Around the Mediterranean Sea, cicadas are singing. We do have some that come from the Black Mountain southern slope, but the singers in the night here are field crickets (Gryllus campestris ).

 Female (with its ovipositor)

They belong to the Orthoptera order which includes the grasshoppers we can find here too. Crickets are vegetarian. The males make a burrow with a platform at the entrance from which they attract females with their courtship stridulation.

Males are territorial and defend their burrows fiercely. They are used in Asia and particularly in China for fighting.

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