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Subject: What’s That Bug
Location: Eastern NC
December 13, 2013 2:50 pm
Can you identify?
Signature: Denise Jones

Camel Cricket

Camel Cricket

Dear Denise,
This is a Camel Cricket and it is missing one of its hind legs which allow it to jump for significant distances.  Camel Crickets like dark and damp places, and they are often found in basements and cellars.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Louisiana
December 4, 2013 1:48 pm
Please identify this bug
Signature: Broc Mann

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Broc Mann,
This appears to be a Mole Cricket on its back.  We hope it righted itself and walked away from your encounter.

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Subject: DAFUQ IS THIS BUG?!?!
Location: cyprus
December 2, 2013 7:17 am
about 6cm
Signature: NIKOLEXIS

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear NIKOLEXIS,
This Mole Cricket in the family Gryllotalpidae.  Except during the months from December through February, when we have an upsurge in identification requests from Australia because of the southern hemisphere summer, most of the mail we received comes from the United States of America.  We get Mole Cricket identification requests from all over the world, including Australia, Africa, North AmericaEurope and the Middle East, and though we cannot locate any submissions from South America, we are confident that Mole Crickets can also be found there.  They are subterranean dwellers that use their front legs to dig quickly through the soil.  Some species can fly and they are attracted to lights.   

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Subject: What is this
Location: Baltimore, MD
November 26, 2013 4:53 pm
I am finding this spider/bug daily in my home. I would like to know what it is? If it is dangerous to my family? And how do I rid my home of it?
Signature: F Johnson

Camel Cricket

Camel Cricket

Dear F Johnson,
This is a Camel Cricket, and they are generally found in damp, dark places like basements where they feed on a variety of organic matter including paper and fabric.  Though they may become a nuisance if they are plentiful, they are benign creatures that will not pose any danger to your family.  According to BugGuide:  “If these occur in a house the best treatment is to remove them and their breeding habitat – cool moist dark places such as piles of logs or boards in basements. A clean dry home will not be a welcoming place for these guys. Although they are scary-looking they are basically harmless to humans, except perhaps for minor damage to stored items, and are easily discouraged by eliminating the dark damp habitat they prefer.”  With ocean levels rising due to global warming, inhabitants of coastal cities might find that it is getting increasingly difficult to keep basements from being overly damp, thus contributing to a rise in the populations of creatures that inhabit damp, dark environments.

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Subject: Madagascar insect
Location: Madagascar
October 27, 2013 5:08 am
Hi Daniel.
I’m just back from Madagascar and the variety of insects is amazing. Usually I can kinda guess the general category of what I’m looking at but a few Madagascar insects have me stumped including the attached. I begin to wonder is it really an insect at all. It was moving along the ground very slowly in a squirming manner like a snake. It made no attempt to fly as we got closer to it.
Thanks,
David.
Signature: David

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Hi David,
We always think of Madagascar as Ground Zero for exotic specimens, so we were amused to see your attached images of a Mole Cricket.  While the representative of the genus in Madagascar might be a unique, indigenous species, Mole Crickets are found all over the world.  In the last week we have posted letters with a Mole Cricket from Spain and one of a Mole Cricket from Australia.  Other relatively recent examples include a Mole Cricket from South Africa, a Mole Cricket from France, a Mole Cricket from India, a Mole Cricket from Iraq and countless examples of Mole Crickets from North America.  Mole Crickets live underground and they use their front legs, which your photograph beautifully illustrates, to tunnel quickly through the soil.  We hope you have other nice exotica to send our way from Madagascar.

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

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Subject: Strange bug in Menorca
Location: Menorca, Balearics Spain
October 23, 2013 1:24 pm
We found this strange bug which looked a bit like a cross between a grasshopper and a beetle. It measured about 2 1/2 inches in length and had a shield like cover over its head. There are two stinger like things sticking out the back. It was brown in colour. We found it on our patio at 22:00 hrs. I hope you can see it as we only had a torch to light it up for the photo.
Signature: Bug in Menorca

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

We love the way your Mole Cricket looks like a dancer in the spotlight.  We just posted another photo of a Mole Cricket from Australia, and we have examples of this subterranean insect from many parts of the world in our archive.

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