Large crawling insect
Location: Northern Utah
October 17, 2011 10:06 am
While hiking in the Lone Peak area of Utah, I saw this large insect crawling up the trail. It looks like an enormous cross between a bee and an ant. It was about 2.5 inches long, with a body about as thick around as a nickel. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Darrin Lythgoe
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, a common insect in the Southwest. They are subterranean dwellers that often come to the surface after a rain. They represent one of our most frequently identified bugs and they are on our Top 10 list.