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Subject: What is this
Location: St. Louis
December 1, 2014 6:45 pm
Finding these in my basement all the time. I live in St. Louis, not near a river. Near hwys 170 and 64. Let me know. They hop very fast away when scared. What would you suggest I do about getting rid of these in a non harmful way
Signature: Brad

Camel Cricket

Camel Cricket

Dear Brad,
Camel Crickets prefer damp and dark conditions that are generally found in basements.  Making your basement brighter and drier should help.

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Subject: What is this bug??
Location: San Angelo, Texas
November 28, 2014 11:54 pm
I live in West Texas, and this little guy was making a HORRIFICALLY loud continuous chirping sound for hours until we found him. Can you identify it for us?
Signature: Delilah

Thermometer Cricket

Thermometer Cricket

Dear Delilah,
Though you letter is not clear about the specific location, we are speculating that based on the information you provided that this Snowy Tree Cricket was found inside the home, hence the rigorous and lengthy search.  Snowy Tree Crickets are found in much of North America.  Snowy Tree Crickets are also known as Thermometer Crickets.  Charles Hogue, in his landmark book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin writes that you can tell the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit “if one counts the number of chirps in 13 seconds and adds 40.”  According to BugGuide:  “These are the crickets you hear in movies and on TV when they want to show that it’s out in nature and very quiet.”  Lowering the thermostat will slow the chirping.

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Subject: Help identifying a cricket
Location: Ballito, Kwazulunatal, South Africa
November 22, 2014 11:10 am
Hi,
Could you please help me identify this cricket? It was very large!
Signature: Jarrod

Cricket

Raaskriek

Dear Jarrod,
Your individual looks identical to this Cricket from South Africa we posted early this year.  We never positively identified that individual.  We would check iSpot, our best site for South African identifications, but that site is currently unavailable.

Update:  Raaskriek
Now that iSpot is back online, we are pretty confident that your Cricket is a Raaskriek or Giant Burrowing Cricket in the genus
Brachytrupes.  We can also update our earlier posting with that information.

 

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Subject: Just seen three of these????
Location: Louisiana
November 22, 2014 9:27 pm
I live in Louisiana and have never seen these before and have seen 3 tonite
Signature: Tara

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Hi Tara,
Mole Crickets are subterranean diggers that are also capable of flying.  Perhaps the frequent sightings are related to heavy rains.  Some subterranean species come to the surface if their burrows are flooded.

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Subject: Burrowing mole bug
Location: South Pacific
November 14, 2014 12:56 pm
We found this bug on our playground. Our school is in Maunawili, on the island of Oahu , in the state of Hawaii . Maunawili is slightly upslope from the city of Kailua , it’s a little damp here. It’s Fall now, so the weather is cooling , but it’s still low 80’s to high 70’s during the day. The bug seemed to want to be where it is cool and damp. We’ve been having swarms of wasps in the last two days, I almost thought it could be a wasp queen. We are studying animals right now in kindergarten, and we are dying to know what kind of bug this is!
Signature: Ann Farrell , Le Jardin Academy

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Ann,
The common name for your burrowing insect is a Mole Cricket, and we receive identification requests for Mole Crickets from around the world.

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Field Cricket

Field Cricket

Subject: Big black:)
Location: Troy/Canakkale/Turkey
October 16, 2014 11:09 am
Hello bugman ;
One of these guys dropped from back of my tv on the wall. Im curious about it what the hell is that. Is it posinous is it bites most important thing should I burn my home for friends of him/her..
Season is fall and here is west of turkey(3 miles to ancient city Troy )
thanks.
Signature: what letter ?

This is a harmless Field Cricket.  They have significant mandibles, and might bite, but the bite would be neither painful nor dangerous.  Field Crickets are not poisonous.  What appears to be a stinger is actually the ovipositor of a female.

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