Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events


Genus Neoscapteriscus - Two-clawed Mole Crickets

Tawny Mole Cricket - immature - Neoscapteriscus vicinus Southern Mole Cricket - Neoscapteriscus borellii - female Neoscapteriscus vicinus Neoscapteriscus borellii - female Unknown Critter - Neoscapteriscus vicinus - female Mole Cricket - Neoscapteriscus borellii Family Gryllotalpidae - Mole Crickets ID please - Neoscapteriscus vicinus Alien bug - Neoscapteriscus vicinus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Gryllidea (Crickets)
Family Gryllotalpidae (Mole Crickets)
Genus Neoscapteriscus (Two-clawed Mole Crickets)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Neoscapteriscus Cadena-CastaƱeda, 2015

On the basis of a phylogeny proposed by Cadena-CastaƱeda (2015), all but two species formerly in the genus Scapteriscus, were transferred to Neoscapteriscus, a new genus.
Three species are reported from the U.S. Others occur further south.
Native from Mexico and Caribbean south through South America, the three North American species are believed to have all been introduced at the beginning of the 20th century.
Print References
Nickle, David A. and James L. Castner, 1984. Introduced Species of Mole Crickets in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Annals of the Engomological Society of America 77 (4):450-465.
Walker, T.J. and D.A. Nickle, 1981. Introduceion and Spread of Pest Mole Crickets: Scapteriscus vicinus and S. acletus Reexamined. Annals of the Engomological Society of America 74 (2):158-163.
Internet References
Dactyls UF diagram distinguishes between the three spp. on the basis of claw shapes