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Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Subject: What kind of insect is this?
Location: Valley center California
October 13, 2014 11:08 am
Hello I live in San Diego California and I seen this insect in my driveway it had a moist look to it I want to know if you are able to identify it.
Signature: Markel buie

Dear Markel buie,
We just finished posting another image of a Potato Bug from San Diego earlier today.

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Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Subject: Meet my newest, weirdest friend…
Location: San Diego, CA
October 13, 2014 12:22 am
Hey guys,
I’m baffled. Found this guy skittering along the sidewalk in front of a friend’s house around midnight. Looks like some kind of huge, wingless wasp/ant/kewpie doll. It’s thorax, legs & head are all “ant red”, if you will, while its abdomen is this incredible striped black & gold. Couldn’t tell if he has a stinger, but he’s pretty big (thumb-sized) and has great legs. When we locked eyes (yes, he’s big enough that I could see them clearly), I could swear we shared a moment. Hahaha!
Signature: Bella

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Bella,
This magnificent and unforgettable insect is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, two common names for an unusual group of insects in the genus
Stenopelmatus.  Potato Bugs are rather iconic Southern California insects, and their large size and humanoid appearance make them one of our most frequent identification requests.  They are very common, though they are not encountered that often because, according to BugGuide:  “Most of their lives are spent underground. Damp, sandy soil is preferred.”

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Subject: we don’t know what this is?
Location: La Mesa CA.
October 4, 2014 4:21 pm
hey can you pleases tell us what this is?
Signature: Thanks Bob

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Hi Bob,
The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket in your image is a common Southern California insect, and it is one of our most common identification requests.  We hope you enjoy this account of a “Mountain of Potato Bugs” from our archives.

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Subject: Found in Utah
Location: Utah
August 27, 2014 4:30 pm
A friend found this late August in Utah at about 7000 feet elevation. It was almost 2″ long.
Any idea what it is?
Signature: Mountain buggy

Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket

Dear Mountain buggy,
This is a Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bug, a member of a genus found in western North America.

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Subject: Giant ant bee
Location: Los Angeles
March 20, 2014 5:37 pm
Found it hiding under a wet sack of soil in the garden. Cool outside, but not cold.
Signature: Sirochs

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Sirochs,
Say hello to the Potato Bug, the most iconic of all Los Angeles insects.  Potato Bugs or Jerusalem Cricket are found throughout the western United States, but they are most commonly encountered in the southwest.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Mayberry ave, Rancho Cucamonga CA, USA
March 4, 2014 12:04 am
I found this bug borrowing into a crack in our pavement. It was maby 1.5″ to 2″ long and 2″ to 2.5″ width wise. I have no clue what this bug is and it kind of scares me.
Signature: Buggy man

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Buggy man,
This Potato Bug is a common Southern California insect that lives underground.  They often come to the surface after a good rain, and Saturday’s storm was a doozy.
  Potato Bugs or Jerusalem Crickets are perfectly harmless, though their strong jaws may deliver a painful pinch, possibly even drawing blood, if they are carelessly handled.

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