The Egyptian Cricket (Homoeogryllus xanthographus) is a small insect in the Phalangopsidae family of crickets. It is also knowns as the Beetle Cricket. It is related to grasshoppers.
The Egyptian Cricket has a black, oval-shaped body with a flat plate on its back. It has long, thread-like antennae. It has long hind legs (back legs). Near the tail of its body, it has a pair of light-beige tubes. It has transparent wings.
It grows to 3 centimetres (up to an inch) in length.
It is found in East Africa. It it terrestrial (it lives on the ground). It prefers rough, dry, tall grass, forests, and humid conditions.
It is carnivorous, eating other insects. It also eats grass.
The male has a high-pitched song.
The female lays 20-30 eggs with her sword-like ovipositor at the end of her abdomen. She uses her ovipositor to cut grass to lay her egg pods inside the grass. The eggs hatch into nymphs after 20-30 days, which gradually develop into adult crickets. The adult is usually seen from July to October.
Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM