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Subject:  Giant Cricket or Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Broken Hill
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 07:20 PM EDT
I found this guy last night in the laundry room but my mums dead set on saying it’s a giant cricket, i think it’s a giant grasshopper myself, it’s about 7 cm long and the antennae puzzle me with being so long, all the images I’ve seen of grass hoppers they don’t have as long as this one.
poor things missing part of it’s leg.
can anyone identify it?
How you want your letter signed:  Hayden Crowley

Striped Raspy Cricket

Dear Hayden,
We are going to have to agree that mum is more correct than you are.  This appears to be either a Striped Raspy Cricket,
Paragryllacris combusta, or a closely related species.  According to the Brisbane Insect site:  “Striped Raspy Crickets are also known as Tree Crickets. Adults are dark brown to pale brown in colour with fully developed wings. They have very long antenna, all legs are spiny.  They hide in nest on tree during the day. Their nest is usually two board leaves hold together by silky material. They are well known for their ability to find the way home after foraging distance away. ”  It is also pictured on Atlas of Living Australia.

Striped Raspy Cricket

Wow thnks a lot, I was starting to agree with mum, the feet and antennas felt off eventho it had a body simular to that of a grasshopper, the only other crickets Iv’e seen are common ones that look completely diffrent.
Hayden Crowley
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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: Unknown Katydid – northwest Queensland, Australia
Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
November 22, 2016 7:07 am
This lady turned up at my workplace today, and the photo was taken because she’s not a bug that we usually see here. With a bit of googling and posting on other sites (reddit), the consensus seems to be that she is a katydid of some sort, but with no positive confirmation. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us, as a nearby Peewee (Magpie Lark) thought that she looked delicious. (“It’s the circle of liiife…”)
She does look a bit like a katydid that was posted here a few years ago (https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2008/05/03/unknown-australian-katydid-killed-for-photo-op/)
Signature: Johnmc

Female Raspy Cricket

Female Raspy Cricket

Dear Johnmc,
The link you provided from our archives was a correct identification on your part, but it is not a Katydid.  We eventually identified that insect as a female Raspy Cricket, probably in the genus
Ametrus thanks to the input of Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, and somehow, duplicate postings were in our archive.  We deleted your link in favor of the correctly identified posting of the Raspy Cricket.  Here is another posting of what appears to be the same species of Raspy Cricket.

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Subject: giant cricket bright coloured
Location: eyre peninsula / spencer guulf
October 30, 2016 9:11 pm
Hi, I just found this guy (girl) on a sleeping bag left in my enclosed veranah. I live on eyre peninsula / spencer gulf side. I’m presuming a cricket although the back legs are not as prominent as most.
My main concern is the brightness of its colours – usually indicating something to beware of (& no I do not plan to kill it, just want to understand it – & maybe keep it as a pet)
I couldn’t find anything on Google (which is how I found you) it is FAR brighter than the king cricketsa I saw pictured
Any help with identification would be greatly appreciatd,
Thanks
Signature: Linda

King Cricket

Raspy Cricket

Subject: resubmission of giant cricket
Location: eyre peninsula / spencer gulf region south australia
October 30, 2016 9:26 pm
Hi, I realised there was nothing in the photos I provided to give scale so am resubmitting .
This is the giant black & yellow cricket from eyre peninsula / spencer gulf region south australia. the measuring tape used is in inches (largest numbers) & cm (smaller numbers)
The colours of the cricket look nowhere near as bright as the first photos, due to less light but it really is very brightly coloured
Cheers
Signature: Linda

King Cricket

Raspy Cricket

Dear Linda,
Thanks for writing back with additional images.  This is a King Cricket in the family Anostostomatidae, and though we have had no luck identifying a species for you, we have found a few links for you.  We found images of a similar looking individual on FlickR and Atlas of Living Australia has those same images as well as some other examples of the family.  Cab E Books has a book entitled
The Biology of Wetas, King Crickets and their Allies if you would like additional information.  Intekom has a nice page devoted to Parktown Prawns, a related species from South Africa.  This appears to be a female with a well developed ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen.  This is such a distinctive looking King Cricket, we are surprised we were not able to locate anything more specific for you.

Correction
Hi Daniel,
Thanks for the reply & info,
I also emailed the SA museum & got this response which I’ll pass on to you so you can add it to your knowledge database, even with this identification there’s not a lot of info available on the net:

“Hi Linda,
Great pet – I say.  As you have there a juvenile female Raspy Cricket.  Family Gryllacrididae Genus Ametrus. They will/can bite are non-toxic but the bite is strong enough to break the skin.  They make me jump when I catch them and they bite you – as it is so unexpected.
Feed her mealworms, moths any other arthropods. They are very impressive as adults as they are so big with such long antennae.  The adult will have wings and can fly.”

Best Regards,
Linda

Thanks for the correction Linda.  We always defer to museum staff.

KIng Cricket

Raspy Cricket

Ed. Note:  We have not been able to locate any online Raspy Cricket images from the genus Ametrus that resemble this Orthopteran.

King Cricket

Raspy Cricket

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Subject: What’s in my sister’s roses?
Location: Sydney, Australia
May 21, 2016 7:55 am
My sister lives in northern Sydney, Australia, and is a photographer. She doesn’t know what beastie it is hiding in her roses but she’d like to! I have been unfortunately useless. Lots of people are suggesting earwig, but it doesn’t look like an earwig to me at all. Any help greatly appreciated!
Signature: Natalie Lyndon

Raspy Cricket

Raspy Cricket

Dear Natalie,
Though they often take refuge in rose blossoms, this is definitely NOT an Earwig.  We believe this is a Raspy Cricket in the family Gryllacrididae.  This image from Dave’s Garden looks very similar, and you can find additional information on the Brisbane Insect site where it states:  “They usually spend the daytime in burrows or in leaves shelters. Both adults and nymphs produce silks by their mouthparts. They lay silk to line burrows wall or hold leaves together. Some build burrows or leaves retreats similar to those made by spiders.”

Fantastic! Thanks, Daniel. My sister will be pleased to know!

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Subject: Bug
Location: Tennessee
January 27, 2016 8:04 am
Found in tennessee…having trouble trying to identify
Signature: Lee

Carolina Leaf Roller

Carolina Leaf Roller

Dear Lee,
We believe we have properly identified this Longhorned Orthopteran as a Carolina Leaf Roller,
Camptonotus carolinensis, and the spiky ovipositor is an indication that this is a female.  You can verify our identification by comparing your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, the common name is because the Carolina Leaf Roller “Bites through leaf in order to form flap. Flap is folded over, edge is pulled down with legs, and then edges are glued together with silk from gland on mouth. Sometimes uses the pods of Bladdernut, Staphylea trifolia, as a shelter instead of a leaf.”  This is a very unusual time of year for this sighting, because according to BugGuide they occur in:  “Late summer to fall. Nymphs in July-August, adults September-October in North Carolina”

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