Potato Bug

Subject: Please identify
Location: Orange County, Ca
March 13, 2015 7:01 pm
I live in Orange County, CA and I found this insect in my back yard. It looks like a termite but it is big, about the size of my thumb 2.5″ to 3 ” inches. Can you identify it?
Signature: Chris A.

Potato Bug
Potato Bug

Dear Chris,
The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is a common southern California insect that spends its time underground.  Potato Bugs tend to emerge from their subterranean burrows with the rains, and that is the time they are most frequently encountered by humans.

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