Subject: Help Me Identify This!!!
Location: Ankara, Turkey
August 8, 2017 11:29 am
Dear Mr./Mrs.
I recently found this creature on the side of the road, took its photo and let it go. However I couldn’t understand what kind of bug it is. I asked many locals but they don’t know it as well. Since I have never seen such creature I thought you might help me identify it. Details are as follows:
-Date: 1st of August 2017
-Location: Ankara, Turkey
-Climate: Continental Climate
-Size of the creature: Approximately 5-7cm (2-2.75inch)
-Behavior of the creature: Cumbersome, non-aggressive and flightless
I would love to know what kind of creature this is. Thank you for your time.
Signature: Orcun Bekem

Mole Cricket

Dear Orcun,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean insect that uses its powerful front legs to dig.  Many Mole Crickets are capable of flight as well.  We get requests to identify Mole Crickets from all around the world.

Thank you very much for your quick and informative response. Please keep doing what you are doing.
—Orcun Bekem
Location: Ankara, Turkey

One Response to Mole Cricket from Turkey

  1. Bob says:

    I saw one of these in Georgia, USA and it freaked me out. My brother screamed alien when he saw it. So I googled and here I am

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