Strange Beetle(?)
I found this beetle? on my driveway this afternoon. He’s about 2 inches long, pretty thick fast and strong(for a bug). He’s got paw like diggers in the front, two long feeler like appendages coming off the rear end and a very interesting cape on the back with patterned stripes in tan which tapers out to a long slim tailin the back. I would be very interested in finding out about him. I have never seen an insect like this before.
Howard Blum
Stamford CT

Hi Howard,
Your insect is not a beetle, but a Mole Cricket. They live underground and use those claws to dig. They are also capable of flying. Yours is the second letter this week requesting an identification for this interesting insect.

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