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Thank you Arthur! I've never seen either of them live so I was struggling with the identification.
I have seen the Gryllotalpa many times live while Scapteriscus - only on photographs. This is why I can't be sure. I know that Gryllotalpa was introduced to the Eastern coast from Europe. They should be larger and more uniformly brown than Scapteriscus which have pattern. I'd also mean that Maryland where this photo was taken is quite far in the north from the main distribution area of Scapteriscus borelli.
Hey Arthur! What characteristics did you use to distinguish it from the Southern Mole Cricket Scapteriscus borellii (/http://bugguide.net/node/view/29008)?
Well, it's a Mole cricket. I'm still working on the species though.
a little out of context ,so was the house finch. I was a little surprised to read that.
This looks like a European Mole Cricket - an insect species that was introduced to the eastern US.
Lat: 38.61, Long: -76.89
Spotted on Apr 17, 2012 Submitted on Apr 18, 2012