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


Slow-chirping Mottled Field Cricket - Lepidogryllus comparatus 


This page contains pictures and information about the Slow-chirping Mottled Field Crickets that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
The Cricket's Retreat 
Female body length 25mm,                                    Nymph body length 10mm
The Slow-chirping Mottled Field Cricket is dark brown  in colour. Female has long pin-like ovipositor at the end of the abdomen. The second picture shows the nymph cricket. Nymphs look similar to the adults except they are wingless.
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Male Field Cricket calling in the hole, heading outwards with antenna outside.  
  Click here to hear the mole cricket sound, 8 sec.
This Field Crickets are common in backyards in Brisbane. Although we seldom see them, we always hear them. Male cricket chirp from evening to dawn. They live under dead plant materials and also feed on them.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p386.
2. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p127
3. Lepidogryllus comparatus - Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO,16 June 2005.
4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.

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