This is a short-winged mole cricket. It looks gross to me so I understand if you don’t want to read further… Check out the wings which are so short it can’t fly.  But boy can it burrow! You can’t see it‘s face here because it is digging rapidly into the sand to get away from the pesky photographer. It is an invasive. It shouldn’t even be this far north (the northern part of southern MD) based on what I read in Google. But you can’t believe everything you read. And I didn’t have all day to conduct research…Please let me know if you find out anything good.


Check out its powerful front legs! It eats tender plants and delicate roots and tubers.  It’s main enemy is the toad. I love toads. Please consider adding a toad house to your yard.


This is the trail the short-winged mole cricket makes in the sand. As you are probably observing right now, it looks remarkably like a baby turtle’s trail.


Here’s looking at you, kid!




Published by

Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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