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Huge, underground, wingless wasp?!
Location: France
August 12, 2011 4:18 am
Dear Bugman,
Could you please help identify this bug? It has only 4(!) legs, no wings and is over 6 cm long. We found it yesterday in France, during daytime on a hot (30C) day.
When we released the bug, it immediately crawled into a small hole in the ground.
Signature: Yorizzz

Mole Cricket

Dear Yorizzz,
This is a Mole Cricket, not a wasp.  We get identification requests for Mole Crickets from many parts of the world other than Europe, including Asia, Australia, Africa and North America.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: France

3 Responses to Mole Cricket from France

  1. Marion Sharp says:

    Thank you for helping us identify the mole cricket. It is living in a hole in our lawn(!!) – we’re in France, an hour south of Poitiers. We also just found a huge peacock moth on our pergola this morning. A bit different from Scotland.

  2. Dvid Wade says:

    We have several holes in our lawn in brittany France, we thought they are vole holes but someone suggested they could be mole crickets, is this likely?
    David Wade

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