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Species Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa - European Mole Cricket

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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
gryll - cricket
talpa - 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. Many of these records seem to represent populations that have not persisted to today.

Currently known to be well established only in Westchester Co., NY, and adjacent CT.
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid in underground chambers.
Remarks
Introduced from Europe. It reached pest proportions in the 1910s