Smashed Mole Cricket in Australia

whats this bug.
we found these bugs one night while sitting outside, the fact that they were there didn’t worry us. but what worried us was the fact that the bugs “watched” us, they turned there heads around and fully “looked” at us. unfortunately they were exterminated as there were young children present. what are these bugs and are they harmful? there were 2 but ants got them. this one was the most intact
julie greenwood
perth western australia

Hi Julie,
These are the remains of a harmless Mole Cricket. Mole Crickets have a nearly worldwide distribution. They are omnivorous, nocturnal, underground dwellers that are sometimes considered agricultural pests. In an effort to educate the public about random acts of killing, we have created an Unnecessary Carnage page in an effort to keep the public from killing first and asking questions later.

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