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Subject: long antennas
Location: central NJ USA
July 6, 2015 7:19 pm
Can you idenify? Found inside kitchen. Long curling fine anntenas. Four stripped legs and a little smashed. Beelike body without wings – found on floor when a lower cabinent was opened – cabinet or toe kick area – not sure which.
Signature: Freaked Out

Camel Cricket

Camel Cricket

Dear Freaked Out,
This Camel Cricket is more of a nuisance than it is a problem.  They are generally found in damp, dark places, like basements.  They will not harm you.  What appears to be a stinger is actually an ovipositor, an organ used by the female to lay eggs.

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Subject: Suspicious bug
Location: Kentucky
June 28, 2015 10:41 am
I was walking and saw this bug. It sprayed some kind of liquid and it got on my hand and it left a cool feeling to my hand. Should I be concerned?
Signature: Thank you much

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

This is a Mole Cricket and it is harmless, so you have no cause for concern.

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Subject: Weird Crawfish Cricket thing in northern Alabama
Location: North Central Alabama
June 7, 2015 12:34 pm
Found this bug a year or two back and have been unable to find any info on it. Any help much appreciated.
Signature: James

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

I’ve seen mole crickets and it doesn’t look the same though. But thanks. I believe its some variation of one perhaps.

Hi again James,
This is certainly a Mole Cricket, and if it does not look like a Mole Cricket to you, perhaps you are confusing some other insect with Mole Crickets.  See BugGuide for images of Mole Crickets in the family Gryllotalpidae.  There are both winged and wingless species, and we are not proficient enough to be able to distinguish the various species, but your individual does look like this
Scapteriscus vicinus that is pictured on BugGuide.  We only post a small percentage of the identification requests we receive, though we do attempt to give short responses like our original reply to as many requests as possible.  We have decided to post your request after all, but we are postdating it to go live in the future while we are away from the office.

You are right. The ones I was told were mole crickets look a little different. Thanks

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Subject: What is this weird bug
Location: Saudi Arabia
April 29, 2015 8:55 pm
I found this guy being attacked by ants and I wondered what in the world is this !? It has big eyes,wings,grasshopper like legs , claw like hands !? Help
Signature: normal

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear normal,
Because of their large size and unusual appearance, Mole Crickets generally create an impression on folks who see them for the first time, and we do get reports of Mole Crickets from around the globe.  Mole Crickets are subterranean, and though they are quite common, they are only encountered when they come to the surface.

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Subject: what is this
Location: fl
April 7, 2015 4:50 pm
I think it bit me on my butt
Signature: april

Mole Cricket Bites April in the Butt!!!

Mole Cricket Bites April on the Butt!!!

Dear April,
Mole Crickets, like the one that might have bitten you on the butt, are normally subterranean dwellers that also fly quite well.  As though that were not enough, we have received numerous reports of Mole Crickets that are able to swim.
  We have received accounts of Mole Cricket sightings from Namibia, Australia, Iraq, Spain, and Hawaii as well of most of North America. We think it is more likely that this Mole Cricket scratched your butt with its strong forelegs which have adapted to digging.

Thank you it sure is ugly

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Subject: what is this?!
Location: South Australia
March 12, 2015 10:55 pm
I found this massive bug in my horses water trough today, do you have any idea what it is? I’ve never seen it before and it’s kind of scary!
Signature: Thanks!

Probably Raspy Cricket

Probably Raspy Cricket

We believe this is a Raspy Cricket in the family Gryllacrididae and they are reported to deliver a painful bite, though what you might have mistaken for a stinger is actually an ovipositor used to lay eggs.  More images can be found on the Brisbane Insect website.

Probably Raspy Cricket

Probably Raspy Cricket

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