gryllotalpidae

#544 - Mole Cricket

Gryllotalpa sp.

I’m surprised it took me so long to get to the mole crickets - it’s not like they’re particularly rare, or anything. Although I suppose them being nocturnal, and spending nearly all their time underground, and the limitations of a cameraphone in low light, didn’t help.

Gryllotalpids are stocky burrowing crickets best well known for all the features they share with mammalian moles - reduced eyes, and spade-like forelegs.

Mole Crickets are worldwide now, but only arrived in North America at the turn of last century - one study puts it as 1899.

East Fremantle, Perth

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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