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Species Neoscapteriscus borellii - Southern Mole Cricket

Southern Mole Cricket - Neoscapteriscus borellii - female Mole Cricket - Neoscapteriscus borellii Mole Cricket? - Neoscapteriscus borellii - male Uh, I didn't know what to think but I kept the kids away from it! - Neoscapteriscus borellii Texas bug - Neoscapteriscus borellii Beetle/Grasshopper Hybrid? - Neoscapteriscus borellii Neoscapteriscus borellii Unknown mole cricket - Neoscapteriscus borellii
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)
Species borellii (Southern Mole Cricket)
Other Common Names
Unwelcome Mole Cricket
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.
25-35 mm
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.
Life Cycle
Burrowing insects. Adults come to lights.
Print References
Arnett, p. 168 (1)
Helfer, p. 324 (2)
Drees, fig. 19, p. 23 (3)
Cranshaw, pp. 512-513 (4)
Capinera, p. 214, description under S. vicinus (5)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.
3.A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects
Bastiaan M. Drees, John A. Jackman. 1998. Gulf Publishing.
4.Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
Whitney Cranshaw. 2004. Princeton University Press.
5.Field Guide To Grasshoppers, Katydids, And Crickets Of The United States
John L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott, Thomas J. Walker. 2004. Cornell University Press.