Subject: Oversized Ant-like Insect
Location: Monahans, TX
February 11, 2013 11:41 pm
Was on a geology field trip camping at Monahans Sandhils State Park when we came across this thing at night. Its head is so disproportionate to its body, its a wonder it doesn’t fall forward. A friend was brave enough to get up close and take these pictures. What is this thing?
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket in the genus Stenopelmatus, one of our most common Southern California sightings. Thanks to internet reports on websites such as BugGuide, we now know that they range much farther east than was originally thought. BugGuide even has reports from Arkansas.