Some parasites of the prairie mole
, Scalopus aquaticus machrinus (Rafinesque).
Lekking in Gryllotalpa major, the prairie mole cricket (Insecta: Gryllotalpidae).
Talking back: sending soil vibration signals to lekking prairie mole cricket males.
For example, advertising male prairie mole crickets form mating aggregations on sites that have been more recently burned (Howard and Hill, 2007), and some cicada species prefer recently burned prairie sites, as well (Callaham et al., 2002).
The prairie mole cricket Gryllotalpa major Saussure (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) is an endemic to the tallgrass prairie ecosystem of the south central United States (Fig.
Whereas the advertisement call of the male prairie mole cricket exhibits frequency adaptation for long range transmission in the grassland environment where the species is found, factors influencing the optimal placement of acoustic burrows and interburrow spatial dynamics within the lek arena remain unexplained.
Variation is also observed in the angle of the male prairie mole cricket's acoustic burrow with respect to the soil surface (see Fig.
Instead, male prairie mole cricket burrows were spaced farther apart in lek settings with greater above ground botanical structure.
Species of concern, such as the greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido), Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus benslowii), dickcissel (Spiza americana), regal fritillary butterfly (Speyeria idalia), and prairie mole cricket (Gryllotalpa major) also reside on post.
Two lesser known species, the prairie mole cricket and the regal fritillary butterfly, also occur on Fort Riley, and they require very specific habitats.
Species of concern, such as the greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido), Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii), dickcissel (Spiza americana), regal fritillary butterfly (Speyeria idalia), and prairie mole
cricket (Gryllotalpa major) also reside on post.
In one study, a female prairie mole
is placed in a cage with a randomly selected male mole.