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Field Cricket - Gryllus pennsylvanicus - female

Field Cricket - Gryllus pennsylvanicus - Female
Ballston Lake, Saratoga County, New York, USA
August 5, 2010
In garden. ID help appreciated.

species ID is tentative
Moved from Field Crickets.

In theory, based on date and location,
Gryllus pennsylvanicus would seem most likely, However, the very long ovipositor is more characteristic of G. firmus, which lives in sand areas (but which usually has more brown coloring). This one appears to have a "hairy" pronotum, which is usually not so noticeable in either of these species, but can occur in both.

Anyway, yes, it is certainly a Field Cricket in genus Gryllus.

Moved from True Crickets.

Thanks, David.
Our soil has a high clay content, certainly not sandy. Next summer I'll see if I can identify them by their song.

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