New Animal Species of 2010: Pollinating Cricket (Glomeremus orchidopilus) [LiveScience 2011-05-23]
Pollinating Cricket (Glomeremus orchidopilus)
Credit: Sylvain Hugel (Université de Strasbourg, France)
Glomeremus orchidophilus – a raspy cricket – made the top 10 list for its distinction of being the only pollinator of the rare and endangered orchid Angraecum cadetii on Réunion in the Mascarene Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The scientists who made the discovery wrote that this species, which belongs to a subfamily of crickets that make a raspy sound, represents the first supported case of regular pollination by an insect from the order Orthoptera in extant flowering plants.