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Big Bug - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - female

Big Bug - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - Female
New York, USA
May 3, 2010
Size: about 4" long
I found this bug in a stack of boxes in my basement. Anyone know what it is?

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Big Bug - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - female Big Bug - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - female

Moved from Gryllotalpa.

Gryllotalpa species
These are introduced from Europe in New York and adjacent states. They are supposed to be the species Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa. Native species are very similar, but differ in the pattern of veins on the wings and the "teeth" on the legs (can't see those on this one).

This is an adult female, so size would have been just under 2 inches (or perhaps about 2 and a half inches if you count the "cerci" sticking out the rear end). Still pretty darn big for a Cricket.

Moved from ID Request.

Mole Cricket, Family Gryllotalpidae
I'm not sure which species it is. Definitely a mole cricket. Nice find.
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...Mole Crickets (Gryllotalpidae) but I am not sure of the species.

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