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Species Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - European Mole Cricket

Earwig Type? - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa Big Bug - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - female Big Bug - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - female Mystery bug in suburban New York - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - male Any ideas? - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - male Strangest bug I've ever seen - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa What is this?  Never seen anything like it! - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa Huge mole-like insect in the mud. Some kind of larvae? - Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa
Classification
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 Gryllotalpa
Species gryllotalpa (European Mole Cricket)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (Linnaeus 1758)
Explanation of Names
Talpa means mole.
Size
36-46 mm
Identification
Brown, covered with velvety hair. Front legs modified for digging. Females lack the external ovipositor of other crickets.
Range
Europe; in the U.S. recorded roughly from Massachusetts. to New York & eastern New Jersey, and also from Belle Glade, Florida.

Particularly well established in Westchester county, NY
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid in underground chambers.
Remarks
Introduced from Europe. It reached pest proportions in the 1910s