Subject: What is this?
Location: Omah Nebraska
August 14, 2016 7:49 pm
This bug looks like a cricket, but with the wings makes us think not… Any ideas?
Signature: C Johnson


Dear C Johnson,
This is a Cricket.  Crickets do have wings.  According to Wonderopolis:  “The bottom of a cricket wing is covered with teeth-like ridges that make it rough. The upper surface of the wing is like a scraper. When crickets rub the upper and lower parts of their wings together, they create a chirping sound called ‘stridulating.'”  Your individual reminds us of this BugGuide image of a Japanese Burrowing Cricket.  We believe the light coloration is due to it being newly molted.  Many insects darken after their newly exposed exoskeleton hardens after a fresh molt.

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