The mole cricket (Gryllotalpa spp. & Scapteriscus spp.) is a brown long insect pest with a hard, shiny head, wings and body up to 50 mm long. They have large front legs with jagged claws for digging, and strong l hind legs that are used for removing loose soil while burrowing.

Egg laying has been observed to begin from November throughout the warmer months. Adult females construct egg chambers, depositing up to 200 eggs with each egg measuring up to 2 mm in length. Within two weeks of laying, the eggs hatch and become young nymphs that resemble adults.

While adult male mole crickets die after mating, females die after depositing their eggs. There appears to be only one generation of insect per year.

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