|Geographical Range||Tropical and temperate regions worldwide|
|Habitat||Various habitats, including grasslands, croplands, and the edges of streams and ponds|
|Scientific Name||Gryllotalpa spp.|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
This fascinating little insect looks like a cross between a mole and a cricket. Its wide front legs are well designed for digging holes in the ground. The holes have an interesting purpose. The cricket uses the series of tunnels it digs in the ground as a kind of a "stereo system" to amplify its calls. After the digging is done, the lonely singer sits where the tunnels meet and broadcasts its call for a mate.