Subject: Brown and white striped mystery bug
Location: Reno, Nevada
August 21, 2013 10:51 am
Dear Bugman,
I found this interesting critter when I was digging a hole to plant a shrub in my backyard this morning (August 21) It was living down in the soil within a foot of the surface. It looks sort of soft bodied and transitional, so I am thinking maybe it is someone’s larval form? I looked through your grub and larvae photos but didn’t see anything similar. I live in Reno, Nevada at about 5,500 ft. elevation. The areas outside the yard are typical high desert sagebrush and rabbit brush environment. Any ideas? Thanks!
Signature: Elizabeth

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Dear Elizabeth,
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, one of the iconic insects of the American Southwest.   It is one of our most common identification requests.

Thanks, Daniel!  I have heard of Jerusalem crickets, but I’ve never seen one… until now.

Location: Reno, Nevada

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