Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Scapteriscus borellii Giglio-Tos, 1894. Type locality: Colonia Risso, near Rio Apa, Paraguay
Scapteriscus acletus Rehn & Hebard, 1916. Type locality: Hebardville, Ware County, Georgia
Neoscapteriscus borellii (Giglio-Tos, 1894)
Explanation of Names
Still often seen in literature under the synonymous name Scapteriscus acletus.
Brown to pinkish, dark pronotum with pattern. Body shape adapted for burrowing. Compare Neocurtilla
, which has four prominent claws on fore-tarsi, instead of two. Also note the pronotum, dark with four light spots. This seems to show up in every photo of this species I've seen.
Compare also, Tawny Mole Cricket, N. vicinus, also found in southeast, on sandy soils, and Lesser Shortwinged Mole Cricket, N. abbreviatus.
Southeastern United States, introduced from new world tropics. Also recently found in parts of California.
Gardens, lawns, agricultural land
Herbivores? Some references state is mostly carnivorous, and that damage to turfgrass results from tunneling.
Burrowing insects. Adults come to lights.
Drees, fig. 19, p. 23 (3)
Cranshaw, pp. 512-513 (4)
Capinera, p. 214, description under S. vicinus (5)