Cedar Creek
Ecosystem Science Reserve


Insects of Cedar Creek

Order ORTHOPTERA

Family GRYLLOTALPIDAE

(Mole Crickets)

(Table of Species)

Mole Crickets (7 NA spp, 1 MN sp) are large fossorial scavengers and root feeders.  The large Mole Cricket, Neocurtilla hexadactyla, has been collected from sand burrows along the shore of Fish Lake during periods of low water. Mole crickets are scavengers and root feeders and can be nursery pests. Males are reported to construct subterranean megaphones to amplify their courtship song.


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