What on earth is this? We found 2 swimming in the pool at a villa in Turkey but this fella was on our balcony.
I am sorry but my knowledge of this great creature is poor, what I do know how is it is highly specialized as ground burrower with a hard armoured head fantasticaly adapted front feet but at the same time a strong flyer, but I am not so sure about how many lengths it can swim
I had to laugh with Mike's comment I have to deal with its big namesake, Moles and occasional Boar, now they really make a mess
Now I, too, am laughing at my statement. Compared with your moles and boars, my mole cricket problem is indeed trivial; I feel for you. Even smaller, I have citrus leaf miner (larvae of a small moth) in my citruses - tunnelling again. It is a good strategy - living and eating within the thickness of the leaf, protected and concealed by the cuticle on either side. It does limit the size of the adult, though (the thickness of the leaf). I wonder why mole crickets are the size they are. There's no obvious reason why they could not be smaller or larger; their particular size must be beneficial in some subtle way. I'm glad they are not the size of your boars!