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Subject: Praying Mantis eating a Cricket?
Location: East Rochester, New York
May 10, 2014 6:50 pm
Hi guys,
I saw this praying mantis eating some sort of bug and immediately thought of your site and the occasional bug on bug carnage pics that would be featured, so here you go! The second picture is some other bug at the same location that I see once in a while. It’s probably not a shield bug but is kinda close in shape. Both pictures were taken mid to late September 2013. And thank you for the great website it helped us identify the house centipedes we have and made them a little less creepy to encounter!
Signature: Veronica

Preying Mantis eats Cricket

Preying Mantis eats Cricket

Hi Veronica,
Thanks for sending us your documentation of a Preying Mantis eating a Cricket, however we want to correct one misconception in your email.  We do not consider anything to be “bug on bug carnage.”  We don’t believe the lower beasts kill one another without good reason, like for food or to defend themselves.  Rather, we have a Food Chain tag that includes images of insects or other creatures preying upon others for food, and we have an Unnecessary Carnage tag reserved for humans, who out of ignorance, kill lower beasts because of fear, misconception or just plain torture.  Your second image is an invasive, exotic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

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Subject: Weird bug
Location: South west Sydney, Australia
May 4, 2014 3:21 am
I found this in my hallway today. Never seen anything like it before and nobody else knows what it is. Can you help?
Signature: Laura

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Hi Laura,
This is a Mole Cricket, and we field identification requests for Mole Crickets from all over the world.  We just responded to a query from Florida, but as the image was quite blurry, we did not create a posting.  We are creating a posting from your request and image.

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Subject: Saudi Arabian bug
Location: Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
April 6, 2014 8:33 pm
Hello Bugman!
I’m currently living in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia and am amazed at the wide variety of fauna around the compound. Recently I have seen lots of these critters crawling around on the ground at night. I’m curious as to what they are, please help!
Thanks, Lisa
Signature: Lisa

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Lisa,
This is a Mole Cricket, and we get identification requests from all over the world.  Mole Cricket identification are among our most frequent identification requests.  Mole Crickets are subterranean dwellers and many species are capable of flight.

Daniel,
Thanks so much for the swift response. I just heard that they’re edible, do you have any recipes? Only joking, it’s a fascinating time of the year here in Saudi, just last night I saw a praying mantis, very convincing stick insect, numerous locusts and grass hoppers and many species of moths. My best finds so far are a camel spider and the mole crickets, amazing!
Thanks again,
Lisa

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Subject: Crawbug!
Location: Homosassa FL (mid Gulf coast)
March 9, 2014 1:04 pm
Hello Bugman,
You have helped me a couple of times in the past. I recently relocated to Florida, and the weird bugs just keep showing up! This one was about 1.5 inches long, outside on the deck around 10pm March 5, temperature about 55 F. Photo was taken by my housemate Jackie Dunnegan who said “It looked like one kind of animal in the front, and another kind in the back!” It didn’t fly, just walked away.
Thanks!
Signature: Suzanne Niles (aka Frogshooter)

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Hi Suzanne,
Mole Crickets, like the one in your image, are among our most common identification request submissions, and we have received examples of Mole Crickets from most parts of the world.  Mole Crickets are subterranean dwellers, and some species are capable of flight.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the quick reply!
As always, I get going browsing on your site and find it hard to stop looking!
Suzanne

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Subject: 4-Legged Insect
Location: Daraga, Albay, Philippines
February 11, 2014 9:19 pm
This photo was taken in Daraga, Albay, Philippines a few days ago. I swear that I took this photo myself an cropped it on my computer. There are no other enhancements.
Rick Harris
Daraga, Albay, Philippines
Signature: Rick Harris

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Hi Rick
Unless they have been traumatized, insects have six legs.  If you look closely by the head, you will see an additional pair of legs adapted for digging on this Mole Cricket.  We get images of Mole Crickets from all over the world, but yours is one of the loveliest ones we have ever received.

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Subject: Cricket insect
Location: Near Loskopdam, Mpumalanga, South Africa
January 7, 2014 9:57 am
What is this crickets name. We saw it one summer night on my fathers farm near Loskopdam, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The cricket can jump and fly and has holes in the grass where it lives during the day. The cricket is more or less 3 to 5cm long.
Signature: email

Cricket

Raaskriek

We believe this is a Cricket in the family Gryllidae based on comparisons between your individual and this image on ISpot, a website devoted to sharing photos of nature in South Africa.  We would urge you to post your images there as well if you would like a more specific identification or a correction.  The colors and markings on your individual seem unique and distinctive, and our attempts to find any similar looking Crickets online did not prove fruitful.  Your attachments were named “Kriek” and we are wondering if that is a local word for Cricket.

Update:  November 24, 2014
We just posted a new image that we have identified as a Giant Burrowing Cricket or Raaskriek in the genus Brachytrupes thanks to iSpot and this critter looks the same.

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