Mole Cricket Project 2010 - Images

Mole cricket damage is primarily mechanical: tunnelling through the soil near the surface,
severing the roots and uprooting the grass.

An adult Larra bicolor wasp feeding on a mole cricket by
imbibing hemolymph.

The Florida counties with confirmed
populations of this wasp.

Southern larraflower (left), Spermacoce verticillata, and partirdge pea (right), Chamaechrista fasciculata,
are good sources of nectar for adult Larra bicolor wasps.

An adult Larra bicolor wasp stinging a mole cricket that it
chased out of its tunnel. The sting will paralyze the mole cricket.

A wasp's egg deposited on the ventral side of the thorax of a mole
cricket. The elongate, pearly white egg is central in the picture.

A developing larva of a Larra bicolor wasp feeding on a mole
cricket. The larva is a little to the right of the center of the picture.

A fully grown larva of the Larra bicolor wasp near pieces of
the mole cricket on which it developed.

The cocoon of the Larra wasp.

A 2 x 2 ft square quadrat made out of half-inch pvc pipe.

Barbed wire.

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