Subject: who is THIS?
Geographic location of the bug: solvang California
Time: 04:34 PM EDT
this bug invaded our high school girlfriends weekend reunion in cali & caused lots of screaming & near-wetting-of pants
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queenie & lulu
Dear Queenie & Lulu,
Just out of curiosity, was the high school that inspired the girlfriends’ weekend reunion from elsewhere? The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is a real Southern California icon, and most children who grow up in the southland know about them. Based on your images, it appears that it headed to the pool. That might be a sign it has been parasitized by a Horsehair Worm or Gordian Worm, an internal parasite that causes the Potato Bug to seek water, at which point the long, hairlike worm burst out, killing the Potato Bug. Seeing that might have caused some actual “wetting of pants.”