Seeking Northern Mole Crickets

by Carl Strang

This week’s absent insect in my singing insects study is the northern mole cricket. Records from past studies include northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana in its range.

I have childhood memories of raised tunnels in the mud of Indiana marshlands that resemble those of moles in miniature. I have yet to find mole crickets in my current study, however. Records in the Singing Insects of North America database (SINA, the source of the map above) place it in several counties in the region. I have not found it in DuPage County, but it could be here. I will continue to look and listen for this species in muddy shallow marshes in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.



  1. Daniel Alvarez said,

    August 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I saw a mole cricket on August 11 2012 at Scherwood Golf Course, in Schererville, Indiana (Lake County, about 30 miles S of Chicago).
    it was about noon and it was on a green.

    • natureinquiries said,

      August 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Thanks, Daniel,
      Not their habitat, but they are fliers and presumably this one stopped there on the way between marshes.

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