what is it
We came across several of these bugs on gravel roads in Silver City, ID, a semi-ghost town in the mountains. They are quite big, about 2 inches long. What is it?

Hi Mark,
This is a Mormon Cricket, Anabrus simplex. It is actually a flightless katydid that got its common name when swarms of them attacked the Mormon’s first crops in Utah in 1848. The crops were saved when seagull arrived to devour the Mormon Crickets. Your specimen is a male. The female has a long curved ovipositor.

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