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.

Location: France

4 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

  3. 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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