The race of field-crickets, which burrowed in the short Lythe, & used to make such an agreeable, shrilling noise the summer long, seems to be extinct. The boys, I believe, found the method of probing their holes with the stalks of grasses, & so fetched them out, & destroyed them.
Timothy the tortoise has been missing for more than a week. He got out of the garden at the wicket, we suppose; & may be in the fields among the grass. Timothy found in the little bean-field short of the pound-field. The nightingale, fern-owl, cuckow, & grass-hopper lark may be heard at the same time in my outlet. Gryllo-talpa curs in the moist meadows.
Ephemera vulgata Meridie choreas aireas instituit, sursum recte tendens, rediensque eadem fere via: Scopoli. A mole-cricket’s nest full of small eggs was discovered just under the turf in the garden near the pond. They were of a dirty yellow colour, & of an oval shape, surrounded with a tough skin, & too small to have any rudiments of young withim them, being full of a viscous substance. There might be an hundred eggs in this one nest; they lay very shallow just under a little fresh-moved mould in an hollow formed for that purpose.