Facts: Mole crickets have robust front legs highly modified for digging. They tunnel rapidly just below the soil surface and make trails of pushed-up soil similar to that of a mole only much smaller. Mole crickets can run very rapidly when on the soil surface. They are attracted to lights and are occasionally pests of vegetables.
Photo credit: Bastiaan (Bart) Drees, Extension Entomology, Texas A&M University
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Last modified: August 10, 2001 by John A. Jackman