Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (Linnaeus 1758)
Brown, covered with velvety hair. Front legs modified for digging. Females lack the external ovipositor of other crickets.
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.
Eggs are laid in underground chambers.
Introduced from Europe. It reached pest proportions in the 1910s