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Subject:  Weirdest bug I have ever seen
Geographic location of the bug:  Roan Mountain, TN
Date: 10/11/2021
Time: 06:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have never seen anything like this.  The front legs are thick with little appendages on the end.
How you want your letter signed:  Kimberly Koontz

Mole Cricket

Dear Kimberly,
This is a subterranean Mole Cricket and it uses its front legs to very effectively tunnel underground.  They spend most of their lives underground, so though uncommon, they are not rare, and they are found all around the world, including Namibia, Iraq, South Africa and Australia as well as the continental United States.

Subject:  Weird jumping bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix arizona
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 02:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These hugs appeared in my back yard. They jump not fly. Worried they bite
How you want your letter signed:  Not a desert girl

Cricket

Dear Not a desert girl,
This is a Cricket.

Subject:  Grasshopper? Has back pincers!!
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Louisiana
Date: 09/26/2021
Time: 01:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this?
Pen placed in picture to help gauge size.
How you want your letter signed:  Love, The Bug Man {I really don’t understand this question}

Camel Cricket

This is not a Grasshopper.  It is a Camel Cricket, which is in the same insect order as Grasshoppers, so they share characteristics.  Camel Crickets prefer damp, dark places, and they are frequently found in basements.

Subject:  Long yellow legged insect
Geographic location of the bug:  New York
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 10:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman, at 10:30pm saw this bug flying across my living room on 8/11/21. Did not want to harm it but had to call in the hubby  to settle the matter. What is this long yellow legged creature?
How you want your letter signed:  Michelin

Unnecessary Carnage of a Tree Cricket

Dear Michelin,
We find the image you submitted illustrating the Unnecessary Carnage of  a harmless Tree Cricket to be oddly beautiful, but living Tree Crickets are even more beautiful.

Oh no!
Thank you Dan for letting us know that this was indeed a good creature, next time we ever encounter another one we will make sure to let it flourish on our magnolia tree.
Best,
Michelin

We are happy to hear that Michelin.  Tree Crickets are quite musical.

Subject:  What Bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Meaford,Ontario
Date: 08/30/2021
Time: 12:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug in my family’s RV and have no idea what it is. It is currently summer here in Canada.
How you want your letter signed:  Joseph

Tree Cricket

Dear Joseph
This is a Tree Cricket.  Tree Crickets are among the most vocal of night calling insects.

Subject:  Bug with hands and fingers
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina
Date: 08/22/2021
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This creature was found in our garage on August 18th. Just walking around very slowly. It acted blind feeling around with its tiny hands. Like a mile.
How you want your letter signed:  Carrie Gomez

Mole Cricket

Dear Carrie,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that uses its “handlike” front legs to dig tunnels underground.