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Subject:  Huge Bug Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California
Date: 11/27/2018
Time: 01:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was found in the garage. It is about 2 inches long.
How you want your letter signed:  Amy

Potato Bug

Dear Amy,
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, one of our most common Southern California submissions.  They are often sighted after a rain.

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Subject:  Huge insect outside my door
Geographic location of the bug:  SF Bay Area, California
Date: 04/12/2018
Time: 12:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Two weeks ago (early April), I found a huge bug outside my door at night.  It was about an inch long. It did not move at all while we observed it with the light on, and we haven’t seen anything like it before or since. What is it??
How you want your letter signed:  Curious California

Mahogany Jerusalem Cricket

Dear Curious California,
This is a Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bug, one of our most frequently requested identification queries from California.  Furthermore, we would say it is a Mahogany Jerusalem Cricket which BugGuide claims:  “Can be distinguished from other
Stenopalmatus species by its lack of striping on the abdomen.”

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Subject:  King cricket
Geographic location of the bug:  Whyalla south australia
Date: 12/18/2017
Time: 02:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen this at work today after a big storm lastnight never seen one before just wanna know what it is and how it got here
How you want your letter signed:  Adam ellis

Female King Cricket

Dear Adam,
This does look to us like a female King Cricket,
Australostoma australasia, but alas, the images of female King Crickets on the internet that are the closest match are all from our own archives, and we do not like to cite our own archives when doing identifications.

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Subject:  Found insect
Geographic location of the bug:  San Luis Obispo, CA
Date: 02/24/2018
Time: 03:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this insect while hiking in late February, and I am just curious what it is. Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Angie V.

Potato Bug

Dear Angie,
The insect in your attached image is commonly called a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, and it is one of our most common Southern California sightings.

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Subject:  Strange looking Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Modesto, CA
Date: 01/11/2018
Time: 09:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I just moved into a new house in Modesto, CA  and it’s not surprising that there is a lot of bugs around because I live about 200 yards away from a River. So I see a lot of centipedes and Beatles but about a week ago I seen a bug that I’ve never seen in my entire life. The only way I can describe the look of this bug was that it looked like an Alien. So I need some help to figure out exactly what kind of bug this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Franky Ocegueda

Possibly Mahogany Jerusalem Cricket

Dear Franky,
We don’t know from whence you moved to Modesto, but if you originated in Southern California, we are surprised you never encountered a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket in the genus 
Stenopalmatus before this.  The first winter rains often bring these normally subterranean dwellers to the surface.  Their large size and vaguely humanoid appearance make them unforgettable.  Because your individual does not have a striped abdomen, we suspect it might be a Mahogany Jeerusalem Cricket, , a species identified on BugGuide where it states:  “Can be distinguished from other Stenopalmatus species by its lack of striping on the abdomen.”

Possibly Mahogany Jerusalem Cricket

Jerusalem Cricket or Potato Bug

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Subject:  South African cricket like bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Stuttreheim, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Date: 01/12/2018
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found  this bug cornered by my cats, and by my Jack Russell Terrier when I took the photos
How you want your letter signed:  Dean Sheard

Gnashing Cricket

Dear Dean,
This is one of the Orthopterans (the insect order that includes Crickets) in the family Anostostomatidae, a group that includes Wetas, Parktown Prawns and King Crickets, all common names that we find somewhat confusing when we get identification requests.  We located some images on iSpot that are identified as Gnashing Crickets in the genus
Henicus that look very similar to your insect, and we verified that identification on Minden Pictures where there is a nearly identical image posted by Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, whose authority we trust more than most images posted online.

Gnashing Cricket

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