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Subject:  Wasps?
Geographic location of the bug:  Nest uncovered during window replacement
Date: 07/10/2019
Time: 09:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Have read many accounts that wasps paralyze and lay eggs in these “victims”?
How you want your letter signed:  Sue

Grass Carrying Wasp Nest with Crickets

Dear Sue,
We wish you had a higher resolution image.  We have never seen an image of such a fully stocked Grass Carrying Wasp nest.  Female Grass Carrying Wasps provision the nest with Crickets, especially Tree Crickets.  We had no idea each larva would eat so many Crickets.  We were under the impression that one cell was used per egg.  We will need to research this matter more.  Your understanding of the behavior of solitary female Wasps and their care for the young is correct.  Paralyzing the prey allows the victim to remain alive and fresh as opposed to old and dried out, so if the eggs hatch in several months, there will be fresh food provided for the long dead mother Wasp.  Social Wasps like Hornets have no need to paralyze prey as there are worker Wasps assigned to child care so the queen can just procreate.  Where are you located? 

Close-Up of Grass Carrying Wasp Nest with Crickets

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Subject:  What type of cricket (?) is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Sydney, Australia
Date: 05/19/2019
Time: 08:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi this cricket (?) leapt at me and then tried to bite me! When I tried to initiate contact it reared back like a spider and it’s mandibles we’re clacking away.
How you want your letter signed:  Simon Carter

Raspy Cricket

Dear Simon,
This is a King Cricket in the genus
Australostoma.  There are images posted to FlickR and The Bug Chicks.  According to the Queensland Museum:  “Giant King Crickets are found only in rainforest in south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. They live in burrows in the soil and emerge on wet nights to forage on the rainforest floor for live insects and rotten fruit. They are closely related to the giant wetas of New Zealand.”

Raspy Cricket

Correction:  We received a comment from Matthew that this is actually a Raspy Cricket which is profiled on Brisbane Insects.

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Subject:  New species
Geographic location of the bug:  Ballarat
Date: 05/10/2019
Time: 06:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this bug? Is it a new species?
How you want your letter signed:  Nate G

Mole Cricket

Dear Nate,
This is a Mole Cricket, and we probably have over 100 images of Mole Crickets on our site from all over the planet, including Australia.

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Subject:  Big type
Geographic location of the bug:  North Carolina
Date: 04/03/2019
Time: 01:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  You’re kinda creepy
How you want your letter signed:  What type of bug

Mole Cricket

Calling our editorial staff “kinda creepy” does not seem to be the best strategy for getting your Mole Cricket identified.

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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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