Subject: what IS this thing?
Location: central prairies of colorado
July 10, 2014 7:46 pm
I live on the prairies of central Colorado and saw this little guy crawl out from a hole in the ground around the foundation to the entrance to our crawlspace. Can you help me identify it? It was 1 1/2- 2 inches long.
Signature: Katie CO
Hi Katie CO,
We received an image of an identical insect from Colorado being eaten by a burrowing owl and we are still attempting a proper identification. The best we can provide at this time is that this is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera though we suspect it is a Camel Cricket in the subfamily Ceuthophilinae which is represented on BugGuide. We have already put in a request to Piotr Naskrecki who specializes in Katydids, but he is currently collecting in the field in Mozambique. We will forward your request as well. We hope to be able to provide you with something more certain in the near future.