Monday, June 13, 2011

The Mole Cricket

I think the mystery of the unidentified creature has been solved. (See picture from Sunday's post.) My father (former biology teacher and consummate scientist) hypothesized that the bug type thing that Mason found on Sunday is a mole cricket. After Googling this, we came to the conclusion that it indeed was a type of mole cricket. Wikpedia says that they live on every continent but Antarctica. So why haven't I ever seen one of these bugs in 53 years? Turns out that they are nocturnal and spend a great deal of time under the ground. I guess that explains it! I was happy to know that they are harmless, so Mason's wallering of the bug didn't leave either of them worse for the wear. This falls under the heading; "You learn something new every day!"

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