Subjec: Half wasp half ???
Geographic location of the bug: Coral Pink Sand Dunes
Time: 02:16 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: This bug came walking up to us while camping. I have tried to identify and am at a loss. Any idea? Seen at night, on the Utah and Arizona border, October. Thanks!!!
How you want your letter signed: NA
Congratulations on your first encounter with a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, one of the most iconic insects in the American Southwest. Not true Crickets, Potato Bugs are in a unique family of insects where its closest relatives are in Australia. Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that are most frequently encountered at night after a rain. Potato Bugs are not dangerous to humans, but they have very powerful mandibles and they might even draw blood from thin-skinned individuals.
Hey Daniel, thank you so much for getting back to me. I guess I should’ve scrolled further on your website. And now I know that there is a true potato bug. We called potato bugs those little black bugs that roll into a ball… Another name is it Rolly Polly!! Thanks again for solving our mystery. We deemed it as half wasp half termite. Haha