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Pygmy mole cricket

View Larger These small (10 mm or 4/10 inch long) insects cause damage by tunneling beneath the turf surface and kicking up sand in mounds and linear pathways. Note the large jumping hind legs, and the front legs that are adapted for digging underground. Also note the four large spines, known as cerci, at the end of the abdomen. These are characteristic of pygmy mole crickets.

Turf Insects

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