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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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Subject: GIANT ANT?
Location: San Diego, CA
January 14, 2016 8:05 pm
Scattered acroos my sidewalk as I open my door. Roughly 2.5 to 3 inches long. Tried to hide as soon a sit saw me. Looked like a giant naked ant. I HATE ANTS!!!
Signature: Justin

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Hi Justin,
Perhaps you are relatively new to Southern California.  Meet the Potato Bug, a true Southern California icon.  Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that are rarely seen during the hot summer months.  Winter rains bring them to the surface and most of our sightings occur shortly after the first significant rains.  Potato Bugs are not dangerous, but they do have very powerful mandibles and they will deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: Corte Madera , California
November 20, 2015 4:58 am
Found this crawling on floor inside home. No others found as of yet. About as long as adult thumb.
Signature: Jackie Wilkinson

Potato Bug Carnage

Potato Bug Carnage

Dear Jackie,
Clearly you can stand your ground against Potato Bugs which are harmless, subterranean dwellers that become more active in California with the winter rains.  We try to promote tolerance of the lower beasts and we hope next time a Potato Bug wanders indoors, you consider relocation over squashing.

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Subject: Large unidentified insect
Location: California, Santa Maria
November 2, 2015 3:55 am
Found at night on sidewalk. It had 2 pinchers on its mouth.
Signature: Steven Cook

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Steven,
The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is one of our most common Southern California identification requests, especially when rains cause them to emerge from their subterranean burrows.

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