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  Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa brachyptera)





Mole Cricket | Gryllotalpa brachyptera photo
Mole Cricket, taken in Swifts Creek, Victoria

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MOLE CRICKET FACTS

Identification
Gryllotalpa is a genus of insect known by the common known of Mole Cricket. They area stocky insect with cylindrical body and strong forelegs designed for digging. They do not have strong hindlegs for jumping like typical grasshoppers and crickets (order Orthoptera). The insect is brown with paler underside. The adult insect has wings but they do not fly much, as the insect spends most of its time under the ground. It is sometimes seen crawling on the ground at night.

Size
about 4cm

Habitat
lives underground in range of habitats in bushland, farmland, parkland and suburban areas

Food
feeds on plant roots and soils invertebrates

Breeding
the female lays eggs underground. The eggs hatch into nymphs which moult several times before becoming an adult cricket



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Family:Gryllotalpidae
Genus:Gryllotalpa
Species:brachyptera
Common Name:Mole Cricket