Mole Cricket

Wierd Bug in eastern NC
November 19, 2009
I am trying to figure out what this is. I have only seen one other like it. Up close, it looks like it has a lobsters head, mole paws and the features of a grasshopper. Soo strange. What is it and what does it do/eat?
Eastern NC

Mole Cricket
Mole Cricket

Hi Dawn,
This is a Mole Cricket, so your description of the mole paws is quite accurate.  Additionally, Mole Crickets are in the same insect order as Grasshoppers, and since they are both Orthopterans, that observation was also quite keen.  Mole Crickets are subterranean diggers.

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