Subject: Nasty looking critter
Geographic location of the bug: Cyprus
Time: 03:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: What on earth is this and what does it do? He/She was about 6cm long excluding rear ‘feelers’ and seemed quite timid. It ran (quite quickly) rather than hopped or flew. The front ‘feet’ looked like pincers. Is it native to the Middle East and is it a threat to animals/plants?
How you want your letter signed: David
This is a Mole Cricket. We get reports of Mole Crickets from many places around the globe. It is not dangerous to animals. Mole Crickets might damage plant roots.
Thank you very much for the identification and comments – I should have tried to capture and remove it as my wife will surely blame him the next time one of her plants dies in mysterious circumstances.