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Subject:  Nasty looking critter
Geographic location of the bug:  Cyprus
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 03:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What on earth is this and what does it do? He/She was about 6cm long excluding rear ‘feelers’ and seemed quite timid. It ran (quite quickly) rather than hopped or flew. The front ‘feet’ looked like pincers. Is it native to the Middle East and is it a threat to animals/plants?
How you want your letter signed:  David

Mole Cricket

Dear David,
This is a Mole Cricket.  We get reports of Mole Crickets from many places around the globe.  It is not dangerous to animals.  Mole Crickets might damage plant roots.

Dear Daniel
Thank you very much for the identification and comments – I should have tried to capture and remove it as my wife will surely blame him the next time one of her plants dies in mysterious circumstances.
David

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Subject:  Creepiest bug ever!
Geographic location of the bug:  Westchester County, ny
Date: 05/20/2018
Time: 08:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this guy in our basement playroom.   It is 2-3” in length.  It’s front claws seem to be  clubs with  sharp looking finger like  protrusions.   Then two more sets  of legs.  The rear has 3 spikes. 1 longer than the other 2   Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Lucille

Mole Cricket

Dear Lucille,
We see from a subsequent email that you have already identified your Mole Cricket.

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Subject:  Large, strange bug!
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast Florida
Date: 03/21/2018
Time: 03:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Letting my dog out and noticed this guy in a forgotten container. Looks like it has wings but doesn’t seem to be able to get out.  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn

Mole Cricket

Dear Dawn,
Because of their large size, unusual appearance and nearly global distribution range, we get identification requests for Mole Crickets from many different countries and continents.  Some Mole Crickets are capable of flight, but they are basically subterranean dwellers that dig beneath the surface of the ground.

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Subject:  what is that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  italy, near caserta
Date: 02/12/2018
Time: 09:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, could you please help me in identifying this insect.
kind regards
How you want your letter signed:  umberto prisco

Mole Cricket

Dear Umberto,
Mole Crickets like the one in your image are relatively common subterranean insects that are found in many parts of the world.

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Subject:  Cricket ???
Geographic location of the bug:  Angledool NSW
Date: 01/08/2018
Time: 05:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
Someone has suggested this is a raspy cricket – there are several neat round holes in trees without a net and a couple with a net. It is closed all day and there at night when we look. The net is hard and you can scratch it with your fingernail which makes the bug come to the entrance. It is water soluble as I wet some in my insect hotel (bottom levels) and it disintegrated.  Thank you
How you want your letter signed:  Kym

Raspy Cricket

Dear Kym,
The person who suggested that this is a Raspy Cricket is correct.  We have an image in our archive of a very similar Raspy Cricket lair, but without its inhabitant.  We suspect this is probably a Striped Raspy Cricket,
Paragryllacris combusta, a species pictured on Brisbane Insects where it states:  “Striped Raspy Crickets are also known as Tree Crickets. Adults are dark brown to pale brown in colour with fully developed wings. They have very long antenna, all legs are spiny.  They hide in nest on tree during the day. Their nest is usually two board leaves hold together by silky material. They are well known for their ability to find the way home after foraging distance away. ”  The site also states:  “The crickets are nocturnal species and are found wandering around vegetation during the night. ... The Cricket nests in holes in trees and between the leaf-sheaths of plants. 

Raspy Cricket

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Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Plantation, FL
Date: 01/01/2018
Time: 09:48 PM EDT
Hello,
My husband found this bug a couple of days ago, never seen it before.
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Lanny A

Mole Cricket

Dear Lanny,
Because they are subterranean dwellers, Mole Crickets are generally not observed until they dig to the surface.

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