Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa

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Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Tobias B. Köhler
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (Linnaeus, 1758) - (European mole cricket)

The European mole cricket is native to Europe and western Asia. It has been accidentally introduced into some areas of eastern North America. It is an occasional pest of crops like potatoes, vegetables and grasses, but considered endangered in other areas.

The adults are around 60-65 mm long and have a brown colour. Two forms can be distinguished according to their wing length, flightless short-winged (brachypterous) as well as long-winged forms.


Vernacular names
• Deutsch: europäische Maulwurfsgrille
• English: European mole cricket
common mole cricket
• Français: courtilière

Synonyms:
Gryllotalpa vulgaris