Subject: Strange bug in the sand
Location: Lebanon, CT
September 11, 2016 7:42 am
Hi!! We were by a lake in CT and my kids found this strange bug in the sand. It was almost two inches long and tried burrowing into the sand also it swam on top of the water. It has six legs and looked really scary. Thank for you help!
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that is also capable of flying. With all due respect, the image of it when you claim it “swam on top of the water” does not look like it was taken in the lake, but rather in a blue plastic bucket. All that means is that the Mole Cricket did not sink when dropped into water, and it means nothing regarding Mole Crickets and water. Mole Crickets are not aquatic insects, though we have several postings on our site of Mole Crickets in swimming pools, but again, we suspect they fell into the water, or were attracted to pool lights at night, and not that they actively seek water for swimming. We do have another account of a Mole Cricket swimming in a lake, so we may be wrong in presuming they do not seek out water.