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European Mole Cricket European Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa).  Came across this in the garden recently, What a scarey sight initially.  This one was around 7cm long. The locals tell me that they call them "blind dogs" and they live and burrow underground hence the shape of their front feet Bulgaria,Geotagged,Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa,Summer,blind dog,close up,cricket,gryllotalpa,insect,mole cricket Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

European Mole Cricket

European Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa). Came across this in the garden recently, What a scarey sight initially. This one was around 7cm long. The locals tell me that they call them "blind dogs" and they live and burrow underground hence the shape of their front feet

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  1. Martin, I see you have identified most of the species on your photos. In this respect if you are convinced that you have identified them correctly you can finalize the identification process yourself by pressing the button: Identify species.
    Please read the following topic, this will help:
    http://www.jungledragon.com/forum/1/news_and_announcements/294/species_identification_dialog_updated.html
    Posted 3 years ago
  2. Amazing, what a strange species :) Posted 3 years ago

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''Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa'', commonly known as the European mole cricket is widespread in Europe and has been introduced to the eastern United States. The scientific name is derived from the Latin 'gryllus' meaning a cricket and 'talpa', a mole, and is descriptive because of the fine dense fur by which it is covered and its subterranean habits, and because of the mole-like forelegs adapted for digging, a good example of convergent evolution.

Similar species: Grasshoppers And Crickets
Species identified by Amanda
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Uploaded Jul 28, 2014. Captured Jul 3, 2013 10:50 in 5074 100, 6362 Stambolovo, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/25s
  • ISO200
  • 55mm