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ORTHOPTERA
Gryllus bimaculatus De Geer, 1773
Birbuba, Gozo
17/9/11
Gryllidae
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Gryllus bimaculatus is a large cricket, which was a common find in previous years. The cricket is easily identified by the two lighter spots on the base of the wings. The crickets can often be located by their chirping sounds (in summer), though they generally stop as soon as you approach one. Some thirty years back it was common practice, in villages, to catch and place in a tin can, with slices of tomato for food, and let them chirp away during the night.