Subject: Brown and white striped mystery bug
Location: Reno, Nevada
August 21, 2013 10:51 am
I found this interesting critter when I was digging a hole to plant a shrub in my backyard this morning (August 21) It was living down in the soil within a foot of the surface. It looks sort of soft bodied and transitional, so I am thinking maybe it is someone’s larval form? I looked through your grub and larvae photos but didn’t see anything similar. I live in Reno, Nevada at about 5,500 ft. elevation. The areas outside the yard are typical high desert sagebrush and rabbit brush environment. Any ideas? Thanks!
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, one of the iconic insects of the American Southwest. It is one of our most common identification requests.
Thanks, Daniel! I have heard of Jerusalem crickets, but I’ve never seen one… until now.