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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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Subject: Scared missus
Location: Whyalla in South Australia
December 8, 2016 4:19 am
Hey there Bugman. I have a bug my Girlfriend found when she went to the toilet. She was ready to leave and this fella started to come crawling up the wall near the window. Ive never seen one of these bugs before. hope you can help me work out what it is. I live in a town called Whyalla In South Australia.
Signature: Nino Longobardi

Raspy Cricket

Raspy Cricket

Dear Nino,
This looks like a Raspy Cricket to us.  While they are not considered dangerous, they do have powerful mandibles and may deliver a painful bite.  This image from FlickR looks very similar. 

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Subject: Ugly Bug
Location: Houston, Texas
November 29, 2016 7:28 pm
I am glad this isn’t 6 feet long!!
Signature: Donathon Houston

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Donathon,
We agree that we would not want to run into a six foot long Mole Cricket, though there are many other lower beasts that we would not want to encounter at that size before the Mole Cricket.  Mole Crickets are subterranean dwellers found in many parts of the world, and they pose no threat to humans in their current size.

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