Crickets and Katydids
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Crickets and Katydids Biology
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Striped Raspy Cricket
Spider Face Leaf-rolling Cricket
Three Eyed Leaf-rolling Cricket
Pale-brown Leaf-rolling Cricket 
Greenish Meadow Katydid
Whitish Meadow katydid 
Blackish Meadow Katydid
Reddish Meadow Katydid 
Spine-headed Katydid 
Predatory Katydid
Short-winged Swayer 
Snub-nose Katydid 
Brown-backed Katydid
White-backed Nymph
Naskrecki's Bush Katydid 
32-Spotted Katydid
Speckled Katydid
Common Garden Katydid 
Common Garden Katydid
Brisbane Garden Katydid
Dark Green Katydid 
Unknown Nymph- I
Unknown Nymph- II 
Small Grassland Katydid
Gum Leaf Katydid  
Mountain Katydid
Unidentified Katydids
Slow-chirping Cricket
Silent Leaf-runner
Spider Cricket
Ground Cricket 1
Ground Cricket 2 
Silent Bush Cricket
Scaled Cricket 
Common Mole Cricket
Dark Night Mole Cricket 

Unidentified Cricket


Dark Night Mole Cricket - Gryllotalpa monanka


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Male, body length 35mm
  Click here to hear calling song, 5 sec.
This Mole Cricket look similar with the Common Mole Cricket except smaller in size. Their bodies are dull brown in colour. Their calling song is a quite different. We can hear them everywhere in a hot wet summer evening. The start calling after dark for half an hour. If we follow the sound and come close to them very carefully. We can see them making the sound just at the entrance of their burrows. We see them sometimes come out from their burrows and wandering around in our backyard. We can catch them easily if they come on to the concrete. If they are on the lawn or on the sand, they will quickly dig into the ground and disappear. 

1. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p152.
2. Gryllotalpa monanka - Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO, version 1.53 

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Last updated: May 15, 2011.