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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Have you ever heard of a Mole Cricket?

Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa africana) family Gryllotalpidae

Their fore legs are massively developed for burrowing much like those of true moles. Some species are wingless but these have short fore wings with very large, fan-shaped hind wings folded beneath them, the tips sticking out like 2 spikes.
Males produce a characteristic uninterrupted deep buzzing sound, which is hard to locate, by rubbing together the files on their fore wings. They do not often jump, but often fly to lights.
Feed on plant roots and may be a pest of wet lawns or bowling greens. Some feed on potatoes and strawberries at night. Eggs are laid in a nest chamber in the burrow and the 10 larval stages take 2 years to reach maturity.
They construct permanent burrows up to 3 foot (1 meter) in depth.
Although they are supposed to be common here, it is the first time I have seen one. Here he is in a match box so you can see the size.