Lawn Insect - Short Winged Mole Cricket

(Scapteriscus abbreviatus)

The Short Winged Mole Cricket, also known as Scapteriscus abbreviates, is a turf damaging insect that is found mainly in Florida and Georgia. Lawn damage caused by this species of mole cricket usually occurs in late summer and early fall.

Identifying Short Winged Mole Cricket-

In its adult stage, Short Winged Mole Cricket is reddish to dark-brown in color. It has a U-shaped opening in between the claws on its foreleg and its pronotum shows several darker spots in the center and along the margins.

The hind wings are the key identifying feature for the Short Winged Mole Cricket. The hind wings are significantly shorter than its body and are also shorter than the hind wings of most other species.

Above ground lawn damage usually consists of severe stunting, wilting and yellowing of the turf – sometimes even death. Infested areas include spots of varying sizes and shapes, although the boundary between diseased and healthy areas of a lawn is usually fairly well defined.

This pest prefers plant material for food, rather than insects or other species of mole crickets. Unlike other mole crickets, it cannot fly and disperses by tunneling or the movement of soil that is infested.

Short Winged Mole Cricket Control-

For control of the Short Winged Mole Cricket in your lawn, see Mole Cricket control.

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Lawn Insect - Short Winged Mole Cricket