The Japanese Burowing Cricket (Velarifictorus micado) is a small, dark brown field cricket (13 to 19 mm long) with a head that is not much wider than the pronotum. The tegmina cover around three quarters of the pronotum in males, half the abdomen in females. There are seven or fewer ragged pale longitudinal stripes extending forward on the top of the head from the front margin of the pronotum. A pale transverse band connects the lateral ocelli and the pronotal disk has pale spots or blotches. The palpi are pearly white. The female's ovipositor is slightly longer than the abdomen and tilted upward.
(Capinera et al. 2004; Himmelman 2009)
- Capinera, J.L., R.D. Scott, and T.J. Walker. 2004. Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United States. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
- Himmelman, J. 2009. Guide to Night-singing Insects of the Northeast. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA.
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