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.