One more contribution to Natural Sciences of Our Country by Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum
Date Added: 17 September 2019, 14:36
Last Updated Date:18 November 2020, 11:50

The insect disturbing people with the strange sounds it produces in Famagusta region was discovered to be Gryllus Bimaculatus from Grasshoppers Group...

Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum located on the campus of the Near East University analysed the insect disturbing the residents of Famagusta with its strange sound found out that the insect is Gryllus Bimaculatus from Grasshoppers Group.

According to the information provided by the Near East University Directorate of Press and Public Relations, Deputy Director of Herbarium and Natural History Museum, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller carried out an analysis on the insect and found out that the insect belongs to the sub group of grasshoppers and known as “Mediterranean cricket"

Fuller stating that Gryllus bimaculatus was previously seen in many parts of Africa, Spain, Greece and the Islands of Maderia and Cyprus, said that this type of insects often prefer to live in"meadow" and "dune area" habitats and this is why it can be seen in Famagusta.

Does not harm people and plants…
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Ö. Fuller stated that Gryllus bimaculatus is in the mating period between July and October, and that male individuals made a sound to attract females. It was known that the insects were fed with other types of insects and did not harm humans and plants.

Causes of High Population…
Assuming that the reason for the high population in Famagusta is due to the high number of male individuals, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fuller also said that the female of this species can mate with more than one male individual and lay hundreds of eggs. Cyprus Herbarium and Natural History Museum Deputy Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller expressed that they are in suspicion that the high population may be due to migration and that they are in consultation with other scientists from South Africa and England about this problem.