Tree Cricket Bites Man in Washington

Subject:  Long legged but head wrong for grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Washington State
Date: 10/26/2019
Time: 07:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Bit me on stomach inside house September 2019. Long legs imply grasshopper/katydid.  Head does not look right for either.  Search through several grasshopper/insect sites resulted in nothing similar.
How you want your letter signed:  Philip

Tree Cricket

Dear Philip,
This is a Tree Cricket, and Tree Crickets belong to the Insect order Orthoptera which includes Grasshoppers and Katydids, hence the resemblance.  Many Orthopterans have strong mandibles and they might bite if carelessly handled or if they feel threatened, but they are not venomous and the bite is considered harmless.  Some larger Orthopterans including some large Katydids might draw blood if they bite, but we doubt that will happen with a Tree Cricket.

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