Huge creepy alien like bug
Sat, May 9, 2009 at 10:15 PM
This is the second time we found this bug in our yard. Last year the one we saw was more opague/and albino like than this one. We live in the hills of Los Angelels. Our zip code is 90065. We think that whatever it is it must be the queen of it’s species, if not, we would hate to see the dominant version. We hope that it is not poisonous (we have kids and dogs) and that it does not travel in large numbers and/or breed often. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Heebie Jeebie Having Goring Family
on our patio in Los Angeles, CA
Dear HJH Goring Family,
The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is one of our top 10 identification requests, and it may be number 1 in Southern California. This subterranean dweller usually comes to the surface after a heavy rain, so its appearance right now is a tad bit uncharacteristic. The Potato Bug is not poisonous, nor does it travel in packs. It does have strong jaws and it is possible that a bite might draw blood in a thin skinned individual.