Subject: What is this?
Location: Spokane Valley, Wa.
July 6, 2013 4:54 pm
Location: Spokane valley, Wa. Found in our garage today, July 6th 2013.
Signature: Christina Lamb

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Christina,
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket in the genus
Stenopelmatus.  This is a very common Southern California creature and prior to the advent of the internet, we believed Potato Bugs ranged throughout the arid southwest.  With the internet and recent reports, we have learned that Potato Bugs are actually found much farther north than originally suspected.  According to BugGuide, they are found in the “Western United States, basically west of 100 west longitude–just reaching western Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas.”  Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that often attract attention when they are spotted above ground because of their large size and somewhat humanoid characteristics.

Location: Spokane, Washington

One Response to Potato Bug

  1. Ryan says:

    I found one in Clarkston WA last night found out what is was just wondering what it eats and are the harmless

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