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Subject: What type of bug is this?
Location: SF Bay Area
November 10, 2016 5:06 pm
Hello,
I saw this type of bug in my backyard. What kind is it? It looks real nasty.
Signature: Anonymous

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Anonymous,
The Potato Bug is a common California sighting, with most of our reports occurring shortly after a rain because these typically subterranean dwellers come to the surface at that time.

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

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Subject: Large and Strange
Location: Boise, ID foothills
October 15, 2016 2:04 pm
I found this in the foothills of Boise, ID. I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s quite large, bigger than any crawling or flying insect I’ve ever seen here.
Signature: ?

Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket

This is a Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bug in the genus StenopelmatusSouthern California sightings of Potato Bugs are quite common, but in your area, Potato Bugs  are not as well known.  Since we must leave the office for several days, we are post-dating your submission to go live to our site at the end of the week.

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Subject: Bee? Beetle?
Location: Nevada
July 13, 2016 10:09 pm
Ok so like we say this bug outside of our home and it’s like an inch long it’s ready big and we have never seen anything like it before!
Signature: Karina

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Karina,
Neither.  This iconic insect is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket.

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Subject: Creepy in Oregon
Location: Southern Oregon, Rogue Valley
May 21, 2016 8:49 am
We found this guy in our kitchen this morning. (May 21st) we’ve both lived all over the country and have never see any thing like this before.
Signature: KJH

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear KJH,
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket in the genus
Stenopelmatus, and though most of our sightings come from Southern California, they range much farther, according to BugGuide.

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Subject: Ugly big bug
Location: Mandeville Canyon – Santa Monica, CA
March 7, 2016 11:12 am
I found this big boy in my shower today. I live in Mandeville Canyon. I think he must have come up through the drain after the big rain.
He’s about 3″ long. I don’t know what to do with him but I am curious what the heck he is…!!?!
Signature: ?

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, an iconic Southern California insect that is a subterranean dweller.  Winter rains cause them to come to the surface so most of our sighting reports are shortly after a heavy rain.

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Subject: Strange looking bug
Location: San Diego
January 21, 2016 4:32 pm
Do you have any idea what this is?? I saw it on a trail I was on today….
Signature: Cloudy

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Cloudy,
The Potato Bug is one of our most common Southern California identification requests during the winter months.

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