Mole crickets are found throughout Australia, but are most prevalent in well-watered vegetated areas. Seasonality. Mole crickets are most active during the summer months. Feeding and diet. These crickets are omnivorous, although some species are known to be pests of turf because they eat the roots of grasses. Communication
Mole crickets are related to grasshoppers and locusts, as well as regular crickets that live above ground. And, just like these leaping and hopping relatives, they produce their sound through stridulation – by rubbing a row of ‘teeth’ on one wing across a ridge (known as a scraper) on the other.
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Mole crickets have become one of the most commonly asked about insects at the WA Museum. This is a result of the establishment and spread of two species not known to occur in Western Australia prior to the 1990’s. They are Gryllotalpa sp. (australis group) and G. pluvialis.
Australia is home to a number of invasive mole cricket species, including the African mole cricket (Gryllotalpa africana), native to Africa; and the Changa mole cricket (Scapteriscus didactylus), which has been accidentally introduced to areas around Newcastle.
Australia is home to a number of invasive mole cricket species, including the African mole cricket ( Gryllotalpa africana ), native to Africa; and the Changa mole cricket ( Scapteriscus didactylus ), which has been accidentally introduced to areas around Newcastle.
Mole Crickets (Gryllotalpa spp.) are common burrowing insects found in most parts of Australia. Around Sydney and the New South Wales Central Coast, they are often the most commonly found crickets. Each Mole Cricket digs a permanent vertical burrow to live in as well as lateral burrows closer to the surface for feeding.
Seems to me the Australian mole cricket is nothing but a harmless little insect. The worst this little critter can do is mess up your lawn. Interestingly, Australia does have quite a few harmless little insects and creatures, and that’s probably why we let our kids play with bug catchers. See, Australia’s really not as bad as you might think.
You had an encounter with a harmless Mole Cricket. The are found in many parts of the world, and we frequently get identification requests from Australia, the Middle East and many parts of North America.