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Subject: bug identification?
Location: Southern California
January 12, 2014 10:09 pm
Hello,
Just ran into this bug and it scared the living daylights out of me. I was wondering if you might know what kind of bug it is? It was about the size of 2 quarters next to each other. Looked like a giant ant that was half bee. Very interesting looking.
Signature: Carly

Potato Bug

Potato Bug

Hi Carly,
Potato Bugs like the one in your photo are southern California icons.  They are basically harmless, though they have strong mandibles and may deliver a sharp nip if carelessly handled.

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

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