Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
October 19, 2012 7:33 am
Found this in our backyard in the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska. It was in mid-September. I don’t think it is an earwig, because the pointy things on the rear are not curved like pincers. I have a 30-second video I can send, if that would be helpful.
Signature: Tim in Nebraska

Mole Cricket

Dear Tim,
Earwigs are much smaller than this Mole Crickets, a family of subterranean crickets that are found around the world.  They comprise one of our most common identification requests we receive and our armed forces in the Middle East often enlist our assistance when they are encountered.  We have also gotten identification requests from Australia, Slovenia, France and New Jersey.

Location: Nebraska

One Response to Mole Cricket

  1. Tom Bartsch says:

    We have them like crazy in Arkansas. Ugly little things. Never seen them before but they are here now.

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