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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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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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