common short-tailed cricket
Photograph of staked burrows, Gainesville,
FL, by T.J. Walker, University of Florida. Each stake is the home borrow of a male.
Males often call first at their home burrows. If a male attracts a female, they mate
in his burrow, she takes the burrow, and he leaves. If he attracts no female, he
nonetheless abandons his home burrow in a few days and each evening first calls from
a perch and then searches for females in their burrows.