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Found in rootball of box (buxus) plant from unknown source.
Creature is fast moving and about 45mm long - body only!
When released (not by me) dug itself into soil.
It looks like an insect of some kind with the front legs tucked in either side of its head. They would be what it used to dig with. The size sounds a bit on the large side though.
It's an invertebrate so you can re-edit and place it in that category
By the way what a find!
My Polish flatmate tells me they're a scourge to farmers and gardeners and favoured food of the Hoopoe.
I believe but am not sure that yours is likely to be a European variety, our native British one being very rare, so possibly brought in with soil but I might well be wrong or out of date on that
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It certainly looks like a mole cricket (although I've never seen one myself). If it is this could be an important find. Please re-edit to place in the invertebrate category.
Certainly a Mole Cricket nymph. I think it is significant that it was found in the root ball of a Box of unknown origin, which points to the possibility of it being an import. It might even be a different species from our native species. So Gryllotalpa sp.
Lat/Lng: 51.4, -1.74
OS grid ref: SU181668