In its introduced range in the southeastern United States, Japanese Burrowing Crickets (Velarifictorus micado) bear some resemblance to several other crickets. This small, dark brown field cricket (13 to 19 mm long) has a head that is not much wider than the pronotum (in contrast to the head of the Eastern Striped Cricket, Miogryllus saussurei, which has a head that is noticeably 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. Other eastern U.S. field crickets (subfamily Gryllinae) of similar size have dingy palps and lack the stripes and band on the head.
- 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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