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Subject: Whats That Bug
Location: Northeast Ohio
September 24, 2015 4:13 am
Photo taken in Northeast Ohio yesterday, do you know what this bug is? A second question for you: my four-year-old is a prolific bug catcher. Do you have any advice on a bug that might make a good indoor “pet” that she could keep alive for a while indoors?
Signature: Kelly

Tree Cricket

Tree Cricket

Dear Kelly,
This is a Tree Cricket, and we believe it is a male Two Spotted Tree Cricket,
Neoxabea bipunctata.  We believe this Tree Cricket is an excellent candidate for an indoor pet, and it can be kept in a small aquarium used as a terrarium with a screened to keep the Tree Cricket confined.  According to BugGuide:  “Two-spotted Tree Cricket, can be found on a wide variety of vegetation including (but not restricted to): Grapevine, Sunflower, Maple Tree, White Pine Tree, Apple Tree, Post Oak Tree. They are generally high on tall plants or in trees” and it “Presumably feeds on plants.”  In addition to being interesting to watch, there is an additional advantage to keeping a Tree Cricket as a pet.  According to BugGuide:  “Males sing mostly at night: a 10-second trill followed by several seconds of silence, then a trill again.”  We believe Tree Crickets generally live a single season, and their lives are often cut short by an early frost.  Keeping a pet Tree Cricket should extend the life of the individual by providing a more temperate environment free of killing frosts.

Awesome information! Thank you very much for taking the time to email!

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Subject: What is it
Location: Nassau county long island
September 22, 2015 10:36 am
Can you tell what bug this is
Photo taken Nassau county Long Island sept 2015
Thank you
Signature: Regards

Field Cricket

Field Cricket

This is a Field Cricket and it is missing one of its hind, jumping legs.

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Subject: Insect that looks like a machine
Location: ajax, ontario
September 16, 2015 12:51 pm
Love your site. Thanks so much for all the bugs you have identified for me so far. I think this bug might be hard to identify I got only one shot of it and looking at it I have no idea what it is. It was very tiny, size of long grain rice.
It was digging in the sand in front of Sobeys warehouse in Ajax Ontario. I was taking pictures of sand bees. The sandy area is very close to a pond. I am sorry I only have one shot It took me a while to find it on camera and it dug underground after the first shot.
Signature: terri martin

Mystery Insect

Pygmy Mole Cricket

Hi Terri,
This is a mystery.  It looks vaguely Orthopteran, and the antennae reminds us of a beetle.  We have written to Eric Eaton for assistance.

Eric Eaton Responds
Daniel:
… The insect is indeed an orthopteran, a “pygmy mole cricket,” family Tridactylidae.  This one is probably Neotridactylus apicalis, the “Larger Pygmy Mole Cricket.”  They are not true crickets of course, and are actually more closely allied to grasshoppers.  They are common in sandy riverbanks, but because they are subterranean for the most part they are seldom seen.  Would love to use this image in my talk on grasshoppers, if the photographer would grant permission for “educational use.”  Thanks.
Eric

Hi Daniel
I do have a few more shots  of the cricket. I am willing to send and Eric can use the image.  I am working nights at work right now so give me a few days and I will send you what I have.
I am doing a potential showing of my pictures at a gallery next year.
Thanks so much
Terri

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Subject: Any idea what this is?
Location: pennslvania
September 15, 2015 5:12 am
saw this guy crawling across my grill today. Any idea what it is?
Signature: jim

Jumping Bush Cricket

Jumping Bush Cricket

Dear Jim,
We believe we have correctly identified your Cricket as a male Jumping Bush Cricket,
Orocharis saltator, thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, its habitat is:  “Broadleaved trees; occasionally in herbaceous undergrowth, shrubs, and pine trees. Often heard calling from trees and shrubs in urban areas.”

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Subject: Bug hunting
Location: Reesor pond morningside exit scarborough ontario
September 2, 2015 6:00 pm
sorry I know you have a small team but this guy was so cool he was hunging turning his wings into extra leaves so the prey would not see him. What the heck bugs are so cool. I am also sending a picture of the female got sight of both insects. These guys were movers hard to get a good shot. So again requesting an id. thanks
Signature: Terri Martin

Tree Cricket

Tree Cricket

Dear Terri,
This little beauty is a Tree Cricket, one of nature’s most vocal musicians.

Thanks Daniel .  Looks like I was wrong about the prey. He was singing for a mate. Still amazing.

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Subject: type of lacewing?
Location: Mimbres, New Mexico
August 26, 2015 8:20 am
What’s my bug? Body about 1 inch long, 2 inches w/antennae.
Signature: Susana Murphy

Thermometer Cricket

Thermometer Cricket

Dear Susana,
This is a Snowy Tree Cricket, also known as a Thermometer Cricket.  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.”

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