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New Insect Found
Location: Cooper City, Florida
October 10, 2011 3:48 pm
Need your Expertize for identification of this insect.
I found this bug today in front of the lake, I was on my Deck sitting and just a couple feet away this Insect was swimming in the lake. I asked many people around, nobody seems to know that insect…
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Mole Cricket Swimming

Hi Monk,
Your insect is a Mole Cricket, and we get identification requests from around the world including numerous requests from troops in the Middle East.  Your letter has us quite amused because you found this guy swimming.  This is not the first time we have gotten such reports, but when a swimming pool is involved, we naturally figure that the hapless Mole Cricket fell into the pool and couldn’t get out.  A lake is a different story, though we suppose it might have fallen off the dock, or perhaps a flying Mole Cricket misjudged a landing.  In one previous posting, Paula indicated that they are “great swimmers”.  If that is the case, the Mole Cricket, which is a subterranean burrowing insect, might be the first insect that we are aware of that is comfortable in the air, underground and in water.  We still believe that though they are able to paddle, they are not happy in water, though crossing small bodies of water might be an advantageous survival habit that might explain the frequency of swimming Mole Cricket instances we have encountered. 

Thank you for your quick response,
I’m glad you were amused; nonetheless my children were not entertained by this insect…
That was a memorable and grasping experience…
I also got Video seeing that insect swimming in the lake toward the deck…Swimming very well…Unfortunately your website does not accept video.
So to take pictures I decided to grab the basket from my Pool to catch the insect on the lake, and I carried it on my patio, took 1 picture and the insect run in my pool. Take a few more pictures…
But once again thank you

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

8 Responses to Swimming Mole Cricket

  1. Jaine says:

    I found a ‘mole cricket’ [although I didn’t realise what it was until now] in my pool last night, it was swimming from side to side, very ably. It seemed to be investigating all around, and did not attempt to climb out. I netted it out and photographed it then let it go in the garden it did not seem at all perturbed from its swim. In fact whilst on the net, I watched it grooming itself as a cat would, it was very interesting indeed. I have quite a few photos if you want them. Jaine

    • bugman says:

      Despite the ability the Mole Cricket demonstrated in the pool, we still suspect it fell in and was trying to get out.

  2. Cesar Crash says:

    One more addition:
    One of the many common names in Brazil is “cachorrinho d’água” (something like water doggy).

  3. Lisa says:

    I can vouch for swimming mole crickets. Every morning I wake to no less that 15 or so mole crickets in my swimming pool. I am not sure if they are coming from the rice fields or where but until I had my pool installed about 4 months ago, I have never seen this bug. I had to ask around and research before I found out exactly what it was.
    I have read they are nocturnal and maybe that is why I found them only in the mornings.
    Is there any way to prevent them from coming into my pool?

  4. Michele says:

    Is there anything we can do to get rid of them? We had at least 10 of them in our pool today.

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