Rare insect discovered in garden
Appeared on Space For Nature on September 5th 2005
An Oxfordshire gardener has uncovered a mole cricket in his compost heap.
Mole crickets (Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa) are thought to be close to extinction in the UK, so the find has created a good deal of excitement. These insects can grow to 5cm in length and have distinctive shovel like front limbs (from which it gets its name). Anyone seeing such an insect is asked to avoid harming it, if possible take a photograph and report the find to the Natural History Museum, English Nature or Bristol Zoo.
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