Went mothing last night so of course the highlight was not a moth but a MOLE CRICKET! How cool is this thing??? Look at those claws, those are digging claws! This was one of three that showed up at the moth light.
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.
I found this guy on our kitchen floor last night, and I’ve never seen anything like it before so I was hoping you might be able to ID it. I live in Perth, Western Australia. It was about 6cm in length. Hopefully the image is clear enough to show the notable powerful forearms (so I’m thinking some kind of burrowing creature?).
You are right! It is a burrowing insect! Specifically a Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpidae). A family of ‘crickets’ which are adapted for burrowing. Since it was seen in Australia its likely a Gryllotalpa sp.
This emerged from the sea at Trapezaki Beach,near Lourdas, Kephalonia, Greek Islands about two we3eks ago. It was about 10cms long.The closest thing I can find online is a Sea Bristletail, but not exact. Any Ideas ?
You have yourself a Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpidae) a unique family of ‘crickets’ which spend most of their time underground digging tunnels with their powerful front legs. Based on your location this guy’s species is most likely Gryllotapla gryllotalpa.