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Earwig Type? - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa

Earwig Type? - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa
Brookfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
June 23, 2007

Moved from Gryllotalpa.

The only species recorded from that region
is the introduced Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, so one would have to assume it is that species (?). The markings are a bit different from most photos of specimens taken in Europe, but photos seem few and far between, and this may simply represent normal variation. One shown here is similar in coloring though.

It is recorded roughly from Massachusetts. to New York & eastern New Jersey, and also from Belle Glade, Florida.

Moved from Mole Crickets.

Gryllotalpa sp.
This is Gryllotalpa though it is difficult to determine which species based on this photograph. Gryllotalpa spp. can be easily distinguished from Neocurtilla spp. by examining the veins in the costal area of the tegmen (sometimes referred to as the lateral field); in Gryllotalpa all the veins are directed apically, whereas in Neocurtilla the distalmost veins are directed backwards, towards the wing base.

earwig type
I think it's similer to what I have always heard called a"Potato Bug"
This may be a really big one.

Potato Bug is different:

They're both odd earth-dwellers related to crickets and katydids, but they're in different families.

Mole cricket
Mole cricket, more common in the southern U.S. than up north.

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