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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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Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Subject: Two bugs or one?
Location: Douglas County, GA
October 9, 2014 10:00 am
Early October here in Georgia, temperatures in the 70’s. I live in the western suburbs of Atlanta (Douglas County), in a neighborhood of half acre lawns and lots of hardwood trees. I had my dog out at lunchtime when I noticed a small creature scurrying across the street. Not more than an inch or so long, it froze when I approached and moved again when I backed off. I couldn’t make any sense of it then, and I still can’t, looking at the pictures I took. Is it something carrying something else perhaps?
Signature: B. Jones

Dear B. Jones,
Mole Crickets are one of our most common identification requests, and we received submissions from around the world.  Many folks comment that Mole Crickets look like some crazy hybrid insect.

Thank you so much for taking the time to identify it for me! Going to read up on them right now.  :-)
Betty

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Subject: what bug is it
Location: alicante spain
September 30, 2014 2:46 pm
long 5cm. fast runner and it flies.
Signature: username

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear username,
This is a Mole Cricket, and in addition to running and flying, it also digs quite well as it is typically a subterranean dweller.  We have also received reports that Mole Crickets can swim.  We get reports of Mole Crickets from all over the world.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: New York
September 21, 2014 4:48 pm
I’ve never seen a bug like this. I’m sure you have. The legs were clear, which I thought was odd. I am in upstate New York and he was just hanging out on my friend’s table.
Signature: Ivy

Handsome Trig

Handsome Trig

Hi Ivy,
Your submission is the third posting we have created in two days of a Handsome Trig, and your images are by far the best.

Handsome Trig

Handsome Trig

Oh super! He was lovely.
Thank you so much for your help.
Ivy

She is lovely.  What appears to be a stinger is actually the ovipositor used by the female to lay eggs.

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Subject: Not quite an earwig, not really a cricket!
Location: Morristown, NJ
September 21, 2014 1:05 pm
I found this interesting bug at 3:30 in the afternoon in the shade of my back door – it was crawling on the door jam near the door knob.
It’s head and top of bodice was red, the bottom section black and it’s six legs are a tan/brown color. Most notably, it has one stinger-like appendage on the back, not pincers, pointing down, and it’s antennae are rounded at the top – not straight like an earwig’s. Not sure if this is a bug that eats wood or could do damage to my home, or sting me for that matter.
Signature: Julie

Handsome Trig

Handsome Trig

Hi Julie,
This Red Headed Bush Cricket,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, is also called a Handsome Trig.  The stinger is the ovipositor, the organ used by the female to lay eggs.  Handsome Trigs feed on leaves and they will not damage your home nor will they sting you.

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Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Foxboro,MA
September 20, 2014 11:34 am
Just wondering what type of bug this little guy is. He has a small round red head, his body is black , flat and he has two long antenna with 4 small greenish legs and two greenish grasshopper like legs . He’s kinda cool . It looks like there is also a little red segment between his head and body and like he has 2 smaller antenna or feelers on top of his head but under the longer antenna. I hope this is enough info to figure it out.
Signature: Hope to hear back, Thank you. Cathy

Handsome Trig

Handsome Trig

Hi Cathy,
This beautiful Red Headed Bush Cricket,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, is sometimes called a Handsome Trig.  The ovipositor which resembles a stinger indicates that this individual is a female.

Handsome Trig

Handsome Trig

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