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!