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Gryllodes supplicans (Walker, 1859)

Tropical House Cricket

Taxonomy: Orthoptera>>Ensifera>>Grylloidea>>Gryllidae>>Gryllinae

Status: Occasional casual introduction.

Description: Brown cricket with two dark bars across the head and another across the rear of the pronotum. The cerci are longer than the ovipositor.

Size: 13 - 18 mm

Wings: Short-winged and flightless.

Stridulation: High-pitched, two-toned and insistently repetitive song.

Food: Omnivorous.

Habitat: The tropical species is one of the most common to be bred in captivity and sold as live food in pet shops. Colonies of escapes tend to occur only in sheltered places such as greenhouses or zoos.

Phenology: Tropical species, it has a continuous life cycle and all stages may be found at any time of the year.

Distribution: This species is not present in the National Biodiversity Network Database currently (October 2008).