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Mole Crickets

These bizarre looking insects are incorrectly called Sandgropers and their calls are mistaken for frogs.

Other invertebrates Healthy Soils

Noongar Names: Not known

Scientific Name: Gryllotalpa spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss and predation by cats and foxes

Will they visit?: Mole crickets are common in home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Underground and in leaflitter

Diet: Roots, fungi, decaying vegetation

Water: Damplands

ReWild Benefit: Improve soil health

ReWild Benefits

Most mole crickets seen in the urban environment are introduced species from the eastern states. There are some native species not yet formally described by science. Mole crickets do not seem to have a detrimental impact on gardens and may even help with soil health. If you do see a mole cricket, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia!

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