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Subject: Just seen three of these????
Location: Louisiana
November 22, 2014 9:27 pm
I live in Louisiana and have never seen these before and have seen 3 tonite
Signature: Tara

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Hi Tara,
Mole Crickets are subterranean diggers that are also capable of flying.  Perhaps the frequent sightings are related to heavy rains.  Some subterranean species come to the surface if their burrows are flooded.

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

2 Responses to Mole Cricket

  1. aussietrev says:

    These guys can make a mess of a nice lawn so as kids, whenever mum was doing the washing, dad would get us to pour soapy water into their burrows and when they surfaced we would feed them to our chickens. Neat lawn, happy chickens, a win win, except for the crickets that is.

    • bugman says:

      Thanks for the comment Trevor. We have seen a sharp drop in North American identification requests now that winter is approaching, but this year our South African identification requests are coming in with greater frequency than those from Australia.

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