An up-close look at a mole cricket

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Alice Light of Dyersburg recently found this unusual looking insect in her garage. Light had never seen one and took this specimen to Dyersburg State Community College where professors identified it as a mole cricket. According to Wikipedia, mole crickets are relatively common, but because they are nocturnal and spend nearly all their lives underground in extensive tunnel systems, they are rarely seen. The mole crickets are the family Gryllotalpidae, in the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, locusts and crickets). Mole crickets are cylindrical-bodied insects about 3--5 centimeters (1.2--2.0 in) long, with small eyes and shovel-like forelimbs highly developed for burrowing.

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