Subject: What IS this???
Geographic location of the bug: Kennewick, WA, USA
Time: 02:14 AM EDT
This thing was making the creepiest tapping sound outside my door and is pretty large. (May need to zoom in on the picture). Never seen one before. Help! Should I worry???
How you want your letter signed: Curious and a little creeped out
Dear Curious and a little creeped out,
Commonly called a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, this fascinating creature is quite common in Southern California and other parts of the American southwest, but BugGuide data indicates a far greater range including Washington. Potato Bugs are not considered harmful toward humans, however, they do have powerful mandibles and they might bite if carelessly handled.