Macrophoto of a mole cricket, Gryilotalpa sp.

Macrophoto of a mole cricket, Gryilotalpa sp.

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Mole cricket. Macrophotograph of a mole cricket, Gryilotalpa gryilotalpa. Mole crickets live most of their life underground and have legs which are powerful digging tools. They dig a network of tunnels, some of which act as a specially- constructed drainage system in damp soils. They hunt grubs, beetles, insect larvae and earthworms, but may also cause damage to plants when they cut through their roots to clear tunnels. Mole crickets come to the surface to mate but lay their eggs in underground chambers. Mole crickets nurse their eggs and young larvae. G. gryilotalpa lives in Europe and eastern north America.

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Keywords: animal, cricket, gryilotalpa gryilotalpa, gryilotalpa sp., insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mole, mole cricket, nature, wildlife, zoology

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