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Houston Texas – New Bug
I live North of Houston in a pine area and after 10 years of residence I have started finding these new bugs everywhere. The alsmost look crawfishlike from the front. The can get up to 2" long and the from legs seem to have a hand or pawlike look. The back looks like it may have a stinger. (See attached photo) Any help would be appreciated.
Les Osborne

Hi Les,
Nice photo of a Mole Cricket, Family Gryllotalpidae. They get their common name from the fact that they spend most of their time underground, burrowing. They eat plant roots. Some species are capable of flight. They like moist soil. The European Mole Cricket, Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, can grow to 2 inches. It is a European introduction is generally found in the Eastern U.S.

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