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New Zealand mole cricket

New Zealand mole cricket

The New Zealand mole cricket or honi belongs to the order Orthoptera, which includes wētā, grasshoppers and crickets. They are all robustly built, with strong jaws for chewing, and powerful legs. Mole crickets use their front legs to dig underground tunnels.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Wingless and flightless insects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007