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Subject:  Creepy camel spider look alike
Geographic location of the bug:  Hesperia California
Date: 08/02/2019
Time: 09:54 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is it is it dangerous to me my children or pets?
How you want your letter signed:  Danielle

Potato Bug

Dear Danielle,
The Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket is one of our most common Southern California identification requests, but those sightings usually occur during rainy season when this subterranean dweller comes to the surface.  A mid-summer sighting during dry weather is somewhat unusual.  Though Potato Bugs have very powerful mandibles that could deliver a painful nip, they have neither venom nor poison, so they are harmless to you, your children and your pets.  It was interesting that you compared its appearance to that of a Camel Spider, a common name for a Middle Eastern Solifugid, because we get far more requests from people who have sighted a Solifugid and compare its appearance to that of a Potato Bug.

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Subject:  Large guy
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern ontario
Date: 07/24/2019
Time: 09:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this on my way into work. No one has ever seen something like this before. Any ideas?
How you want your letter signed:  Maggie

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Maggie,
This fierce looking male Dobsonfly is actually perfectly harmless.  Dobsonflies are among our most common summer insect identification requests.

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Subject:  Huge Scary Pincer Bug from CT
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast Connecticut USA
Date: 07/04/2019
Time: 11:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My gf screamed and pointed at this monstrosity on the side of a building. I’d never seen anything like it before but weird bugs tend to show up during the summer around here. We’re just left wondering what it is and (mainly for my girlfriend) is it gonna kill us?
How you want your letter signed:  Brennan Hare

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Brennan,
The male Dobsonfly is perfectly harmless.  Dobsonflies are among our most common summer identification requests.

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Subject:  Creepy McCreeperson
Geographic location of the bug:  Hudson Valley, NY
Date: 06/20/2019
Time: 02:47 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this guy outside of my office. He’s about 6 inches long and got pretty aggressive when we tried to move him out of the path.
How you want your letter signed:  Kat

Male Dobsonfly

Dear Kat,
This impressive guy is a male Dobsonfly, and though his immense mandibles look dangerous, they are quite useless when it comes to biting humans.  The female Dobsonfly has more utilitarian mouthparts, and though she has much less impressive looking mandibles, they are actually capable of giving a significant, though perfectly harmless pinch.

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Subject:  Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  North GA
Date: 06/12/2019
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was outside on our window screen. We can’t recall seeing one before, and we’ve been unable to identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Bragg7

Female Dobsonfly

Dear Bragg7,
Moths that feed as adults have a sucking proboscis for a mouth.  Your critter has impressive mandibles.  This is a female Dobsonfly, one of our most common identification requests during summer months.

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Subject:  identify bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Santa Maria California
Date: 02/14/2019
Time: 03:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I just found this bug on my front porch and wanted to find out what it is.  I just moved to California from back East and have never seen a bug like this before!
How you want your letter signed:  LCS

Potato Bug

Dear LCS,
Welcome to California.  This is arguably the most iconic California insect, the Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket, a subterranean Orthopteran that is driven to the surface by rains.  Your images are awesome.

Potato Bug

Thank you so much!  I have gotten attached to the little guy and would like to keep him but my kids think it’s weird!  So I had better put him back outside!  Have never had a “bug pet” before!!  Thanks again,  LCS

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