Description and photographs of cricket parental care in the wild

Darin J. McNeil, Bettina Erregger

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Although certain forms of parental care are relatively widespread phenomena among insects, within Orthoptera, parental care is rare. Short-tailed burrowing crickets (Anurogryllus spp.) are among the few members of this order for which extensive parental care has been documented. However, accounts of parental care in Anurogryllus have been largely under laboratory conditions, and observations of this behavior in the wild are rare. Herein we present photographic observations from a mountain slope in Honduras where we discovered an active Anurogryllus brood chamber where an adult female was tending her brood. We present these results in the context of parental care in insects and compare our observations with those reported in past literature published on Anurogryllus crickets’ parental behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-30
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthoptera Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 23 2021

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  • Behavior
  • Eggs
  • Honduras
  • Nymphs
  • Orthoptera
  • Short-tailed cricket

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science


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