mole cricket

noun
any of several burrowing crickets of the family Gryllotalpidae that have fossorial forelegs and that feed on the roots of plants.

Origin:
1705–15

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mole cricket
 
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any subterranean orthopterous insect of the family Gryllotalpidae, of Europe and North America, similar and related to crickets but having the first pair of legs specialized for digging

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mole cricket

any of about 65 species of insects (order Orthoptera) that are sometimes placed in the true cricket family, Gryllidae. The common name is derived from the insect's molelike appearance and underground habits. The mole cricket has forelegs modified for shovelling, a cylindrical body, a pointed head, and a velvety coat of hairlike setae. It burrows into moist soil to depths of 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches)

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Mole cricket nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and wingless.
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