Grasshopper or Cricket?
January 23, 2012 6:21 am
This little fellow was drowning in the pool… I rescued him and he was very kind to let me take a shot.
He is missing one of his horns.
This was taken in plain Summer, August.
Signature: Diogo Ferreira
Hi again Diogo,
This is indeed a Cricket, and the coloration is somewhat unusual, but we haven’t had any luck finding any matching photos on the internet. The web search produced many more hits of the sport with the same name. What you have called horns are actually sensory organs known as antennae. Also, we believe your “he” is a she. Though the depth of field is quite shallow and the rear portion of the body is not clearly visible, it appears that there is a stingerlike ovipositor, the egg laying organ of many insects including Crickets.
Update: Thanks to Cesar Crash for finding a link to Gryllus campestris, which looks very much like the Cricket in question.
Thank you once again for all of your help.
You’re site is amazing as well as all the detailed information about bugs.
I didn’t realize indeed that it was a she!
Thank’s for all,
You are welcome Diogo,
Please read Cesar Crash’s comment to this posting on gender and nouns in Portuguese.