Potato Bug confused with Dragonfly

dragon fly?
Location: bay area, CA
January 29, 2012 6:20 pm
I found this thing in our laundry room under a pile of clothes which had been sitting on the ground for about 4 days.
It looks like a new born bug because it shiny and fragile looking – but it’s rather large. Body is about 1 cm and head is 1/3 size of the body.
This is the second one of these I’ve found in our house in the last 1 year.
The first one was found in the washer – dead. It was larger than this one pictured.
It’s not clear yet if this an indoor bug that got in or an indoor bug period.
Looking at google, I see some dragon fly resemblance.
Please help.
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Potato Bug

Dear i don’t care,
This is a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket.  It is classified in the insect order Orthoptera along with grasshoppers and crickets.  Dragonflies have wings and they are classified in the insect order Odonata.  Potato Bugs are subterranean dwellers that often wander indoors during or shortly after a rain.

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