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Bug with hands
Location: Inner Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne Australia
December 10, 2011 6:56 am
Found my cat chasing this bug around my living room. Never seen anything remotely like it.
Signature: Perplexed

Mole Cricket

Dear Perplexed,
Your insect is a Mole Cricket.  Mole Crickets are subterranean dwellers that use their front legs to dig tunnels underground.  Mole Crickets are found in most temperate regions of the world.

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Insect from Kilcowera Station
Location: Kilcowera Station, Outback Queensland, Australia
December 2, 2011 6:45 pm
Hi bugman! Love your website, so handy!It’s early summer here in Oz and these insects are all over the place in their little homes growing big, ready to fly.
They live in bricks,small diameter steel pipes and in suitable bits of steel and other things that have a nice cosy hole that they can cover at one end.
Do they bite? They look quite terrifying and I hate the look of them. They start off only a couple of centimetres long and can get to about 8 cm.
Signature: Toni Sherwin

Striped Raspy Cricket

Hi Toni,
We identified your insect as a Striped Raspy Cricket,
Paragryllacris combusta, on the Brisbane Insect website which states:  “Striped Raspy Crickets are also known as Tree Crickets. Adults are dark brown to pale brown in colour with fully developed wings. They have very long antenna, all legs are spiny.  They hide in nest on tree during the day. Their nest is usually two board leaves hold together by silky material. They are well known for their ability to find the way home after foraging distance away.”  You indicate that they live in bricks and pipes, and provided a photo of the covering they create at one end.  We did additional research and learned on Bush Craft Oz that they are:  “Large cricket (body up to 45 mm), nocturnal feeder, spends day in tree holes, or, more usually, two leaves stuck together with silk like material. Can navigate home each night. Has been observed nectar feeding. Fully developed wings. Patterns on face.”  Since they spend the diurnal hours in tree holes, they are probably using your bricks as a substitute lair.  We are intrigued with their ability to spin silk.  The sword-like ovipositor on your individual indicates she is a female.

Silken Lair of the Striped Raspy Cricket

Well thank you very much for your speedy response.  I have never seen their nest in trees! I have observed however that it seems it’s the smaller ones hide behind the white silk like stuff and don’t come out for a fee weeks, then one day the white stuff will have been broken or eaten away and the insect is gone.  And they get much bigger than 45ml!!!  Do they bite?????  Regards Toni

Many large Orthopterans can bite, but we have no knowledge of the Striped Raspy Cricket being a biter, though we would surmise that they would only bite if carelessly handled.

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not an ordinary cricket…
Location: South eastern Pennsylvania
November 27, 2011 1:58 pm
They jump. FAR. They like the basement. It’s bigger than a quarter and I’m hoping upon hopes that they eat big black spiders (which we also have… EWE!) and that they don’t eat humans.
Any idea what it is? I’ve looked through your site but I’m only getting more skeeved out. Sorry… bugs scare me!
Signature: scared

Camel Cricket

Dear scared,
Your cricket is known as a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket and it is in the family Rhaphidophoridae which is well represented on BugGuide.  Camel Crickets are frequently found in large numbers in damp basements.

Thank you so much for your quick and kind response.   Since I don’t want large numbers of any insect in my home I’m in a bit of a quandry…we do have big ugly spiders too – I wonder if they’ll take care of our problem.   We’ve only seen 4-6 of these guys over the past few weeks.  Thanks again!

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Oversized Earwig
Location: Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
October 28, 2011 3:42 am
This scary looking was walking over my floor. At first I thought it was an oversized earwig but then I thought it was unlikely.
When I caught it, the bug tried to squirt this black ink at me which was caught by the plastic container. It is a bit over 40mm from feelers to tail.
Do you know what type of bug would get around Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (and would it be dangerous)?
Signature: Bug Pro

Mole Cricket

Dear Bug Pro,
You had an encounter with a harmless Mole Cricket.  The are found in many parts of the world, and we frequently get identification requests from Australia, the Middle East and many parts of North America.

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My little songster
Location: Northern CA
October 22, 2011 3:26 pm
This little guy/gal appears every night on my geranium plant–October–N, CA. Sometimes there are more than one.
Signature: MF

Tree Cricket

Dear MF,
This is some species of Tree Cricket in the genus
Oecanthus, and as a group, they are quite vocal.  One species, the Snowy Tree Cricket, it also called the Thermometer Cricket because one can calculate the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit by counting the chirps in 13 seconds and then adding 40 according to Charles Hogue in Insects of the Los Angeles Basin.  See BugGuide for more information on Tree Crickets.

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Praying Mantis Cousin?
Location: Port Republic, MD
October 11, 2011 6:30 pm
What a great site! You provide an invaluable service to the web community.
Need help identifying a bug. Not sure how to classify this insect; couldn’t find a resemblance on your site.
Thanks again!
Signature: Jimi

Two Spotted Tree Cricket

Hi Jimi,
Thanks for the compliment.  Your insect is a Two Spotted Tree Cricket.

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