Subject: What type of cricket (?) is this?
Geographic location of the bug: Sydney, Australia
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
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.”
Correction: We received a comment from Matthew that this is actually a Raspy Cricket which is profiled on Brisbane Insects.