One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large burrowing nocturnal cricket with broad forelegs, the female of which lays her eggs in an underground nest and guards the young.
Family Gryllotalpidae, subfamily Gryllotalpinae: several genera
- ‘The prairie mole cricket, Gryllotalpa major, is the largest North American cricket.’
- ‘The loam of the junkyard was rich and fertile, streaming with healthy earthworms, mole crickets, and warty toads camouflaged against the ground.’
- ‘Other animals and plants such as the mole cricket and marsh gentian, which are suited to wetter heaths, may suffer as their habitat dries out in the summer.’
- ‘We've had weed pressure and insects especially mole crickets on the course all summer that got washed in with the silt and infested areas covered by the flooding.’
- ‘Earwigs are amazing, under-appreciated insects that can devouring mole crickets and eat up to fifty chinch bugs a night!’
mole cricket/mōl ˈkrikit/
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