Once common in the UK, this wonderful (protected) creature is now rarely seen and may be close to extinction.
The mole cricket which can be up to 45mm (1 3/4") long has shovel-like forelimbs highly developed for burrowing.
Mole Cricket sightings should be reported to:
Emily Funnell, Biodiversity Co-ordinator - Invertebrates, UK Biodiversity Programme, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD.
Bryan Pinchen, Co-ordinator, Mole Cricket Working Group, 7 Brookland Close, Pennington, Lymington, Hampshire, S041 8JE
It is important to include information about the circumstances of the discovery, time of year, location of sighting, habitat present and what has happened to the insect now.