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Subject: Pool visitor
Location: Barkhamsted, CT
May 21, 2017 7:41 pm
Found this little dude in the pool while prepping for spring setup. Grasshopper? Cricket? About 3 inches long.
Signature: Kate

Mole Cricket in Swimming Pool

Dear Kate,
This is a Mole Cricket, and though we have gotten reports in the past that they swim quite well, we do not consider them to be aquatic.  They are subterranean dwellers that can also fly.

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Subject: Whats that Bug
Location: Gippsland Victoria
May 3, 2017 3:31 am
UMMM i saw this Bug on our farm down the bottom of a valley and it looked lost !! i have never seen anything like this before.
Signature: dan

Mole Cricket

Dear Dan,
This is a Mole Cricket, and it is one of our most common identification requests.  We receive images of Mole Crickets from Australia and many other parts of the globe.  Mole Crickets are subterranean dwellers that use their front legs to quickly did in the earth.  Some species can also fly and they are attracted to lights.

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Subject: What’s this thing????
Location: Melbourne. Australia
April 17, 2017 10:00 pm
Hey bugman this photo was taken today in Melbourne, Australia and I have absolutely no clue as to what this creature is. Hoping you can help!
Signature: Mrbug3

Mole Cricket

Dear Mrbug3,
Mole Crickets are one of our most common identification requests, and not just from Australia, but from many parts of the world as far apart as North America and the Middle East.

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Subject: Unidentifiable beetle
Location: Rotonda, FL. 33947
January 28, 2017 10:03 am
Found this in my screened front entryway. Killed it with bug spray as we’re new to FL and unsure what bugs are good and what are not. Cannot find anything similar in searches. No identifying features except large carapace and brush-like front legs. Thank you for any information.
Signature: Deb Svirtunas

Mole Cricket Carnage

Dear Deb,
This is a harmless, subterranean Mole Cricket.  We hope the next individual you encounter lives.

Thank you very much, Daniel, for your prompt and informative response! We will ensure that any future encounters will be harmless removal outside where he/she may continue their job as God intended.  Have a great afternoon and Go Patriots!!  Deb

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Subject: weird bug
Location: Gisborne, Victoria, Australia
January 15, 2017 6:43 pm
In Macedon we saw this insect that was about 1.5 inches long, it looks like a bee but with an unusual tail end?
Signature: ?

Mole Cricket

Dear ?,
Since we are a global website, we needed to research your location as it was unknown to us.  We though Gisborne was an unusual name for Macedonia.  We have since learned Gisborne is a town in Victoria, Australia.  This is a Mole Cricket, a commonly sighted subterranean insect found in many locations around the world.

Thank you, yes it is Gisborne Victoria, Australia………..sorry.
Wow very interesting as it could hardly walk as its back feet were just dragging along, it was found under a seat at a cafe and its obviously been disturbed and wanting to get back into the earth.
Thank you again!
Steve

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Subject: Found dead on kitchen table
Location: Brazoria county tx
December 6, 2016 3:29 am
Found south of Houston tx in brazoria county in someone’s house already dead. First week of December. Even has hairs on its head. Has wings. It’s really creepy looking. No idea what happened to the legs either. Was found like that on a kitchen table dead. No animals live in the house.
Signature: Curious

Legless Insect

Legless Insect

Dear Curious,
Generally legless insects found in a home have been serving as “cat toys” prior to their death, so we can’t explain why this legless insect was found on the table.  Because of what appears to be an ovipositor, we believe this is most likely a Cricket or other Orthopteran, but the eyes remind us of a Jewel Beetle in the family Buprestidae.  We are going to guess that this is a Cricket with all its extremities removed, and we suspect it might have looked like this female Carolina Ground Cricket on BugGuide prior to mutilation. We have contacted Eric Eaton for verification.

Legless Insect

Legless Insect

Eric Eaton provides identification:  Male Trig
Hi, Daniel:
It is an adult male “trig” of some sort, or maybe even a ground cricket.  Here’s where I’d start:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/16187
So, yes, an orthopteran.
Hope you are having a lovely holiday season so far!
Cheers,
Eric

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