More Confused

by Carl Strang

I made a final attempt to photograph confused ground crickets at Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve on a recent weekend. These little guys have been great teachers, forcing me to polish my stalking skills. I had forgotten the importance of placing one’s foot or hand on the ground before putting any weight on it while taking a step, and with these crickets that is essential. Twice I got within inches of singing males, lifted leaves and saw them. The second one I was able to photograph.

This was the sharpest shot. The white palps that distinguish the confused ground cricket are visible just outside the antennae. Notice how the little guy’s tail end mimics the front end. A predator might miss a grab as a result.

Unfortunately the only sharp photo was taken from an angle that produced too much reflection from the flash, but for now it will do.

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