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Gryllacridid Cricket

Image # 1D2_02397

Grounds of the Arenal Observatory Lodge


Canon 100/f2.8 USM Macro

ISO 400, f/16, 1/250 second

Manual Metering, MR-24EX at +2/3 EV



This was one of the stranger bugs I've seen, before or since. In order to show reasonable detail on the body, I intentionally cut off the antennae, which were extremely long. I have other shots which show more detail on the little rudimentary wings, as well as the barbed tail-end. Once again, this identification is courtesy of Bill Reynolds, Curator of the Arthropod Zoo, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, who adds, "This particular insect looks to be a relative of the 'leaf-roller' crickets, and also the Jerusalem Crickets and Camel Crickets."