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Subject: Strange bug
Location: Pyramid hill, Victoria, 3575, Australia
February 28, 2015 7:34 am
I have never seen anything like it! This bug looks like a bug cream coloured wasp! Please help me identify it… By the way i am in Australia, Victoria, Pyramid hill.
Signature: Abi

Katydid

Raspy Cricket

Dear Abi,
This is a harmless female Katydid, and we suspect you mistook her for a wasp because of the stinger-like ovipositor which is used to deposit eggs.  We are not certain of the species, but you may be able to identify it on the Brisbane Insect website.

Update:  October 31, 2016
We just received a comment that this is a Raspy Cricket.

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Subject: starstuck bug

Location: Toledo District, Belize
December 19, 2014 12:59 pm
Hello again, folks,
I’ve finally got good internet access and can try to send some photos for ID’ing. I haven’t been able to do that for ages.
Hope you have time to ID some of these.
Thanks a lot for a great site, always.
Signature: Tanya

Cricket

Cricket

Hi Tanya,
Your lovely images from Belize are much more interesting than the large number of Carpet Beetle and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug images we get from North America in the winter.  This Cricket reminds us of a North American Handsome Trig, so we suspect it may be in the same subfamily, Trigonidiinae, the Winged Bush Crickets which are profiled on BugGuide.  Again we are going to request assistance from Piotr Naskrecki who confirmed our identification of your Timber Fly.

Hello, Daniel,
Thank you for the encouraging words.  I have some more photos to send of other unknown bugs, but I’m not sure if my internet will send them along.  I’ll try during a lull in the holiday season.
We’ve never seen this cricket before.  It was quite content to sit on the fruit which I had picked, put in a bucket, carried to the counter, taken out of the bucket and was ready to wipe and bag.  Glad I got some decent photos before setting the cricket back outdoors.
Happy holidays.
Tanya

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Subject: What is this
Location: St. Louis
December 1, 2014 6:45 pm
Finding these in my basement all the time. I live in St. Louis, not near a river. Near hwys 170 and 64. Let me know. They hop very fast away when scared. What would you suggest I do about getting rid of these in a non harmful way
Signature: Brad

Camel Cricket

Camel Cricket

Dear Brad,
Camel Crickets prefer damp and dark conditions that are generally found in basements.  Making your basement brighter and drier should help.

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Subject: What is this bug??
Location: San Angelo, Texas
November 28, 2014 11:54 pm
I live in West Texas, and this little guy was making a HORRIFICALLY loud continuous chirping sound for hours until we found him. Can you identify it for us?
Signature: Delilah

Thermometer Cricket

Thermometer Cricket

Dear Delilah,
Though you letter is not clear about the specific location, we are speculating that based on the information you provided that this Snowy Tree Cricket was found inside the home, hence the rigorous and lengthy search.  Snowy Tree Crickets are found in much of North America.  Snowy Tree Crickets are also known as Thermometer Crickets.  Charles Hogue, in his landmark book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin writes that you can tell the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit “if one counts the number of chirps in 13 seconds and adds 40.”  According to BugGuide:  “These are the crickets you hear in movies and on TV when they want to show that it’s out in nature and very quiet.”  Lowering the thermostat will slow the chirping.

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Subject: Help identifying a cricket
Location: Ballito, Kwazulunatal, South Africa
November 22, 2014 11:10 am
Hi,
Could you please help me identify this cricket? It was very large!
Signature: Jarrod

Cricket

Raaskriek

Dear Jarrod,
Your individual looks identical to this Cricket from South Africa we posted early this year.  We never positively identified that individual.  We would check iSpot, our best site for South African identifications, but that site is currently unavailable.

Update:  Raaskriek
Now that iSpot is back online, we are pretty confident that your Cricket is a Raaskriek or Giant Burrowing Cricket in the genus
Brachytrupes.  We can also update our earlier posting with that information.

 

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Subject: Just seen three of these????
Location: Louisiana
November 22, 2014 9:27 pm
I live in Louisiana and have never seen these before and have seen 3 tonite
Signature: Tara

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Hi Tara,
Mole Crickets are subterranean diggers that are also capable of flying.  Perhaps the frequent sightings are related to heavy rains.  Some subterranean species come to the surface if their burrows are flooded.

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