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Q: Identifying an insect by photograph ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Identifying an insect by photograph
Category: Science > Biology
Asked by: primewavez-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 29 Nov 2006 00:07 PST
Expires: 29 Dec 2006 00:07 PST
Question ID: 786442
I would like to know what species of insect (assuming it is an insect)
this thing is:

I apologize for the image title.  There is little scale to the image,
but it was between 2 and 3 inches long.  This bugger was found in San
Clemente, CA.
Subject: Re: Identifying an insect by photograph
Answered By: denco-ga on 29 Nov 2006 00:56 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Howdy primewavez-ga,

You got yourself a Jerusalem Cricket (Stenopelmatus fuscus) there.  Here are
two images courtesy of the University of California, Berkeley, "CityBugs" site.

"Jerusalem Cricket ... Stenopelmatus fuscus"

Here is a larger version of one of the pictures from above, almost identical to
your specimen.

Dr. Wayne S. Johnson, State Specialist, Nevada Cooperative Extension and Jeff
Knight, Entomologist, Nevada Division of Agriculture wrote a factsheet on them.

"Of the creatures brought into the Cooperative Extension and Nevada Department
of Agriculture offices for identification, few cause more curiosity than the
Jerusalem Cricket."

This "Ask Dr. Bug!" page indicates that someone might want the one you found.

"If you find one, please keep it alive and contact Dr. David Weissman ..."

According to the above page, they can get to over 3.5 inches long!  Great find!

Watch out, though, because they appear to be able to pinch with some strength.

If you need any clarification, please feel free to ask.

Search strategy:

Google search on: striped abdomen California cricket

Google search on: Jerusalem Cricket

Looking Forward, denco-ga - Google Answers Researcher
primewavez-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
That was fast and easy!  I'm really impressed, and again really
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Subject: Re: Identifying an insect by photograph
From: minocc-ga on 29 Nov 2006 00:35 PST
That is a potato bug.  these things are
all over the place.  I have seen them in texas.
Subject: Re: Identifying an insect by photograph
From: denco-ga on 29 Nov 2006 10:16 PST
Much thanks for the kind comments and 5 star rating, primewavez-ga, and it was
my pleasure.

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Subject: Re: Identifying an insect by photograph
From: steph53-ga on 29 Nov 2006 18:21 PST

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