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Subject:  Id bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Seaside oregon
Date: 07/30/2021
Time: 05:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of bug is this
How you want your letter signed:  Billl

Square Legged Camel Cricket

Dear Billl,
Originally we thought this Orthopteran was a Shieldback Katydid, but we now believe it to be a Square Legged Camel Cricket,
Tropidischia xanthostoma, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Dark color and long slender legs are characteristic” and it is found “Near Pacific Coast from California to British Columbia.”  According to Insect Identification for the Casual Observer:  “Square-legged Cricket Camels have normal-sized bodies but extraordinarily long legs. The shape of the legs, especially visible at the joints, is squared, not round like one might expect. These edges have small ridges or teeth that help accentuate the corners. When they walk, they resemble spiders, but it can also hop because it is a cricket. Square-legged Cricket Camels do not bite, nor do they sting. Females have a curved, spine-like ovipositor that is used to bury eggs. It is sometimes mistaken for a thick stinger, but it is harmless.  This species is a West Coast native that can be found near water or further inland. Its varied diet of insects, detritus, vegetation, fungi, and even feces make it easy to find a meal.”

Subject:  RASPY CRICKET
Geographic location of the bug:  Eulah Creek NSW
Date: 12/15/2019
Time: 10:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We came across this little chap the other day – first time I had seen anything like it in 20 years at Narrabri. and it has us stumped (pardon the pun) until I came across this site. The insect is living in a hole in a strainer post and appears to have his mesh up during the day but down at night.
How you want your letter signed:  Lars

Raspy Cricket

Dear Lars,
Thanks so much for sending in your excellent images of a Raspy Cricket in its lair.  Researchgate has information on silk production by Raspy Crickets.

Raspy Cricket

Subject:  Large crawling bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Perth, Western Australia
Date: 11/09/2019
Time: 07:37 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I squashed this bug in a panic, but have never seen one like it. It was about 6cm in length and crawled. Found in the house on a very warm day. Is it a type of cockroach? Didn’t appear to have wings.
How you want your letter signed:  Angela

Mole Cricket Carnage

Dear Angela,
This was a Mole Cricket, a common subterranean dweller in many parts of the world.  Mole Crickets are considered harmless to people and it will not infest your home.  It accidentally wandered in or was brought in by a pet perhaps.  We are tagging this as Unnecessary Carnage and we hope in the future you will attempt to relocate future intruders.

Subject:  Long legged but head wrong for grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Washington State
Date: 10/26/2019
Time: 07:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bit me on stomach inside house September 2019. Long legs imply grasshopper/katydid.  Head does not look right for either.  Search through several grasshopper/insect sites resulted in nothing similar.
How you want your letter signed:  Philip

Tree Cricket

Dear Philip,
This is a Tree Cricket, and Tree Crickets belong to the Insect order Orthoptera which includes Grasshoppers and Katydids, hence the resemblance.  Many Orthopterans have strong mandibles and they might bite if carelessly handled or if they feel threatened, but they are not venomous and the bite is considered harmless.  Some larger Orthopterans including some large Katydids might draw blood if they bite, but we doubt that will happen with a Tree Cricket.

Subject:  Land Shrimp
Geographic location of the bug:  Cleveland, OH
Date: 10/22/2019
Time: 12:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug jumped onto my face
From behind the glider on the porch. I took its picture after an almost-cardiac-event. It looks like a shrimp; with a humped-up curved body but has cricket qualities as well…ideas ?
How you want your letter signed:  Bee Bee Wee Pee

Camel Cricket

Dear Bee Bee Wee Pee,
This is a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket in the family Rhaphidophoridae.  The first common name refers to the hump you observed and the second common name refers to this families preference for dark, damp locations, including basements. 

Subject:  Creepy cray fish looking wasp bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Logan ohio
Date: 10/08/2019
Time: 02:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this weird looking thing while hiking in Hawking Hills. What is this thing!?
How you want your letter signed:  Erin k

Mole Cricket

Dear Erin,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that often surprises folks who encounter it on the surface.