Mole crickets, also known as cricket moles, lawn crickets, or flying moles, are insects that belong to the family Gryllotalpidae of the order Orthoptera, along with grasshoppers, locusts, and normal crickets.
Part of the Gryllotalpidae family, mole crickets are insects quite large in size, reaching up to 5 cm in length. They are related to crickets, grasshoppers, and locusts as well, but unlike their relatives, they are unable to jump, and travel by running quickly or flying. They are characterised by their shovel-like forelimbs, which are highly developed for burrowing.
Mole crickets are unique creatures that are well-adapted to their subterranean environment. Their extensive tunneling and aggressive behavior make them destructive and demand attention.
Mole crickets are members of the order Orthoptera, alongside grasshoppers, locusts and crickets. Mole crickets have cylindrical bodies, with small eyes and shovel-like forelimbs highly developed for burrowing. They can be found in many parts of the world and where they have been introduced into new regions, they can easily become agricultural pests, due to their burrowing habits, as they are aided by the lack of natural predators. Some mainly feed on roots, others also eat grubs as well, while some species are mostly predators.