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Family Tridactylidae - Pygmy Mole 'Crickets'

Neotridactylus archboldi Pygmy Mole Cricket - Ellipes minuta BG2201 C5763 - Ellipes minuta Pygmy Mole Cricket - Neotridactylus apicialis Pygmy Mole Grasshopper - Neotridactylus apicialis tiny grasshopper nymph - found on edge of pond - Neotridactylus apicialis Larger Pygmy Mole Grasshopper tiny sand dwelling orthopteran - Neotridactylus apicialis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Tridactylidae (Pygmy Mole 'Crickets')
Other Common Names
Pygmy Sand Crickets
Sand Crickets
Pygmy Mole Grasshopper
Two North American genera and species are usually listed: Ellipes minuta Scudder and Neotridactylus apicialis Say (1). Species Ellipes eisneri was described from Florida in 2005 (Deyrup, 2005).

5 species of Ellipes and 2 species of Neotridactylus, according to the guide pages for those genera.
less than 10 mm
Small orthopterans, rather flattened, so resemble crickets, though more closely-related to grasshoppers. Living near small bodies of water, they are able to swim well. Characteristics:
hind femora enlarged (used for jumping), flattened (apparently for use in swimming)
front and middle tarsi with two segments, rear with three (tarsal formula 2-2-3)
Typically sandy margins of ponds, ditches, streams
See Also
superficially similar but unrelated Gryllotalpidae - Mole Crickets, suborder Ensifera
Print References
Capinera, Field Guide to Grasshoppers, p. 152, plate 33 (1)
Castner, Photographic Atlas of Entomology, p. 64 (2)
Bland, How to Know the Insects, pp. 92-93 (3)
Internet References
Deyrup, 2005 in Florida Entomologist
Works Cited
1.Field Guide To Grasshoppers, Katydids, And Crickets Of The United States
John L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott, Thomas J. Walker. 2004. Cornell University Press.
2.Photographic Atlas of Entomology and Guide To Insect Identification
James L. Castner. 2000. Feline Press.
3.How to Know the Insects
Roger G. Bland, H.E. Jaques. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.