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Subject:  Strange insect!
Geographic location of the bug:  Houston, TX
Date: 03/07/2019
Time: 05:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bug Man,
I can’t figure out what this insect is. It looks like a cross between a crawfish and a cricket! What could this be?
How you want your letter signed:  Casey

Mole Cricket

Dear Casey,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that is rarely noticed unless it comes to the surface.  Some individuals are capable of flight.  We have gotten several reports in the past of Mole Crickets swimming, but they are not aquatic.

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Subject:  bug
Geographic location of the bug:  arrived on boat, Caribbean somewhere between Trinidad and Martinique, think it flew on board
Date: 01/26/2019
Time: 11:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Looks like a Jeruselem Cricket but has wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Chris

Mole Cricket

Dear Chris,
This is a wonderful image of a Mole Cricket, a primarily subterranean dweller that is found in many parts of the world.  Some species are capable of flight.  We have even had folks claim they can swim.

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Subject:  Insect identification
Geographic location of the bug:  N Myrtle Beach SC
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 10:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey bug man I came across this insect on the outside wall  of my garage today, after Hurricane Florence had passed. I’ve never seen this before, nor have my local friends. Just curious to find out what it is and perhaps some information on it.
Thanks for any insight
How you want your letter signed:  Maddy

Camel Cricket

Dear Maddy,
This is a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket, and they are relatively common, though they are generally found in damp, dark places like basements.  Perhaps its home was flooded during the rain brought by Hurricane Florence.

Thank you so much for your rapid response! I’ll have share this with my friends

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Subject:  Unidentified Buggy Creature (UBC)
Geographic location of the bug:  Galesburg, Illinois USA
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 01:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I have been finding quite a few of these interesting bugs around my house this Summer. It is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long (with legs), reddish head,dark body, pale green legs. Most are outside, but a few like the one in the photos I’ve attached, have made their way inside for a visit.  I just take the back out and let them go back to their buggy business, but I’m curious as to what they are. I’ve been searching online and can’t seem to find a match. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
If it helps sometimes their hind legs are a much brighter green.
Thanks for providing a great and helpful site for the bug curious.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Sarah

Handsome Trig

Hi Sarah,
The colors of the Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, are quite attractive, but for some reason, they are not well captured in your images.  According to BugGuide:  “Distinctive appearance. Red head/throrax, pale legs, dark bluish-black forewings. Last segment of palp is black and oval flattened shape. Female forewings are convex similar to beetles. Song (of male) is a ‘rattling, broken trill’ , given both day and night. “

Thank you so much for your quick reply, and identification! My UCB friend is now an ICB 😉
I had a hard time getting the lighting right, as my buggy friend wanted to stick to the shadows. When I’ve seen them outside the colors are much more vibrant.
Thank you again for solving my mystery!
Sarah

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Subject:  Weird Mantis Mix
Geographic location of the bug:  New York, Long Island
Date: 08/11/2018
Time: 04:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug on my bed. It has a red small head and neck the face reminds me of an ant or mantis. A tan/clear top and a green belly. Six legs. Big hind legs like a grasshopper. No Mantis arms. Also wings! Never seen anything like it! Like a mantis mixed grasshopper. Seems too thin for a grasshopper
How you want your letter signed:  Thomas

Female Two-Spotted Tree Cricket

Dear Thomas,
This is a female Two-Spotted Tree Cricket.  According to BugGuide:  “Two-spotted Tree Cricket, can be found on a wide variety of vegetation including (but not restricted to): Grapevine, Sunflower, Maple Tree, White Pine Tree, Apple Tree, Post Oak Tree. They are generally high on tall plants or in trees.”

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Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Cincinnati, OH
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 09:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this insect in my kitchen.  I have never seen this type before. It was easy to catch in a jar. I nicknamed it “the boxer” because it looks like it’s wearing boxing gloves and acted like it was sparring. Please tell me what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Mary

Handsome Trig

Dear Mary,
This is a Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig, and the curved ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen indicates it is female.  According to BugGuide:  “Found in vegetation near streams and marshes, about a meter above the ground” and “there are no similar species in the U.S.”

Daniel, thanks so much for your timely and helpful response. Is it an uncommon insect? I’ve never seen one before.
Mary

Hi Again Mary,
The BugGuide range based on submissions is relatively extensive, and we have not read anywhere that Handsome Trigs are rare.  Many insects go unnoticed if folks are not looking for them.  You encountered this individual because she entered your kitchen, perhaps on your clothing if you were in the yard.  Insects have learned to hide, because avoiding detection means they stand a better chance of not becoming a meal to a predator.

Thanks again, Daniel. My visiting Red Headed Bush Cricket has been safely released into my back yard. I am fascinated by her coloring, especially the legs.

 

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