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Grio-Topo
Hi from Costa Rica,
What is this little guy? They call him the Grio-Topo here, which is some reference to a mole. He is about 2.5 cm long, has an articulated body behind the second set of legs, has machete like diggers on those front feet, and a mouthful of teeth. He feeds off grass roots, hence destroying most of our front lawn. They dig mole-like tunnels as much as two feet deep (hence their CR name), and like sandy soils. Hope you can identify him by a scientific name or what he goes by in English. We are curious.
Thanks
scmorgan
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Limon, Costa Rica

Hi scmorgan,
The reference to moles knows no language barrier as the common English name for this insect is Mole Cricket, not a true cricket, but a member of the family Grylloralpidae.

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