Found in the Sand Dunes
September 22, 2009
We found this little creature over the weekend in the Sand Dunes of Oklahoma. Can you help identify it?
The Potato Bug is one of our top 10 identification requests. We get so many identification requests for Potato Bugs or Jerusalem Crickets in the genus Stenopelmatus, that we rarely post a new letter unless it is interesting or has a wonderful photograph. Your letter is unusual in that most of our submissions come from California and the Southwest, though in recent years there have been many sightings in Idaho and Wyoming. This is the first report we have gotten from Oklahoma. We don’t know if this represents a natural range expansion, or an accidental introduction, or if perhaps the insects were always present but since they are not common, they have not been reported. You can check the reported sightings on BugGuide to verify how unusual your sighting is.