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Subject: What’s that bug?
Location: San Francisco CA
November 16, 2012 4:51 pm
This bug of about 2 inches (without antennas) and which seems to still be a larva?? was in front of my door on Nov 14.
Could you please help me find what it was?
Thanks so much
Signature: Manuela CALVET

Potato Bug

Hi Manuela,
We are amazed at the diversity of Potato Bugs or Jerusalem Crickets in the west.  What’s That Bug? is proof that they range much farther from the Southwest than was suspected not so many years ago.  Potato Bugs are rarely identified past the genus level of
Ste#@(*%@#s, but it is speculated that there are at least 25 species in the U.S.  Many of them may have very local distributions.  We don’t know if anyone is doing a study of Potato Bugs, but it would be a great project for children.  It might even be something that a photography program and a biology program might collaborate with with an area high school like Sonia Sotomayor on San Fernando Road where they have the river school. 

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: California

2 Responses to Potato Bug from San Francisco

  1. samhsloan@gmail.com says:

    I found the same bug in my house yesterday in San Rafael California after a big rain storm. It is a very scary bug. I caught it alive and put it in a sealed zip lock bag. It does not seem afraid of people as I caught it easily. I have it in my desk now. Should I send you a picture?

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