The "Cricket" is driving me nuts! Who really cares about how quickly we beat the Indians? Will it be 3 and a half days or 4, or will they drag it out to 5? Save me! It is boring stuff, and when the Cricket is on, all the other stations take that as a sign to show other uninteresting rubbish, like the Hopman Cup (which is an artificially contrived Tennis tournament, between teams no-one cares about, for a prize no-one knows about.) And the less said about Rich Men Showing off the Size of their Spinnakers, the better. The only good news on that front was that one contender's boat fell apart before it even got here.
So, lets talk about Crickets again - Real Crickets - Insects, Grasshopper relatives, sometimes winged, (but not in this Species), with strong legs, powerful jaws and huge antennae. It is the antennae which impressed me when I took these images, and I have marked in yellow the tips of the antennae. Click on the images to enlarge them, so you can see the very long, fine antennae properly.
These images were taken on 15 November, in a patch of warm weather we were having at the time. That was before the mist and drizzle (which is still with us) closed in on us. This Cricket had climbed up a stem of one of my Herbaceous Peonies (from which I had cut the flower).
In the top image, the antennae are spread - wide, left and right.
And in this second image, the antennae are held one up, one down. I am always impressed with an insect whose antennae are many times longer than its own body. And they are so completely adjustable. And this insect lives down a burrow, so what does it do with its antennae then? Another of the mysteries of the Nature of Robertson.
I didn't publish these images yesterday, as I thought that perhaps I had published them at the time they were taken, but events apparently overtook me, and I appear not to have published them before.
As with yesterday's images, this is the Illawarra Raspy Cricket, (Apotrechus illawarra).