Another Iraqi Mole Cricket

The obvious question…
While deployed in Balad, Iraq , by friend and I came across this bug. It seems to have the general characteristics of a grasshopper, but has large front legs to burrow, is very strong, and has a slight resemblance of a lobster. I know it sounds crazy, but see for yourself… WHAT THE HELL KIND OF BUG IS THIS?
SrA Hand, Tyler E
Balad Air Base, Iraq

Hi Tyler,
Yours is the second letter from Iraq this week enquiring about the Mole Cricket. This amazing insect spends much of its time underground, but several species are also capable of flight. Chris who wrote several days ago want to keep his Mole Cricket as a pet.

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