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Subject:  Weird jumping bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Phoenix arizona
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 02:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These hugs appeared in my back yard. They jump not fly. Worried they bite
How you want your letter signed:  Not a desert girl

Cricket

Dear Not a desert girl,
This is a Cricket.

Subject:  Grasshopper? Has back pincers!!
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Louisiana
Date: 09/26/2021
Time: 01:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this?
Pen placed in picture to help gauge size.
How you want your letter signed:  Love, The Bug Man {I really don’t understand this question}

Camel Cricket

This is not a Grasshopper.  It is a Camel Cricket, which is in the same insect order as Grasshoppers, so they share characteristics.  Camel Crickets prefer damp, dark places, and they are frequently found in basements.

Subject:  Long yellow legged insect
Geographic location of the bug:  New York
Date: 08/11/2021
Time: 10:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman, at 10:30pm saw this bug flying across my living room on 8/11/21. Did not want to harm it but had to call in the hubby  to settle the matter. What is this long yellow legged creature?
How you want your letter signed:  Michelin

Unnecessary Carnage of a Tree Cricket

Dear Michelin,
We find the image you submitted illustrating the Unnecessary Carnage of  a harmless Tree Cricket to be oddly beautiful, but living Tree Crickets are even more beautiful.

Oh no!
Thank you Dan for letting us know that this was indeed a good creature, next time we ever encounter another one we will make sure to let it flourish on our magnolia tree.
Best,
Michelin

We are happy to hear that Michelin.  Tree Crickets are quite musical.

Subject:  What Bug is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Meaford,Ontario
Date: 08/30/2021
Time: 12:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug in my family’s RV and have no idea what it is. It is currently summer here in Canada.
How you want your letter signed:  Joseph

Tree Cricket

Dear Joseph
This is a Tree Cricket.  Tree Crickets are among the most vocal of night calling insects.

Subject:  Bug with hands and fingers
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina
Date: 08/22/2021
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This creature was found in our garage on August 18th. Just walking around very slowly. It acted blind feeling around with its tiny hands. Like a mile.
How you want your letter signed:  Carrie Gomez

Mole Cricket

Dear Carrie,
This is a Mole Cricket, a subterranean dweller that uses its “handlike” front legs to dig tunnels underground.

Subject:  Id bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Seaside oregon
Date: 07/30/2021
Time: 05:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of bug is this
How you want your letter signed:  Billl

Square Legged Camel Cricket

Dear Billl,
Originally we thought this Orthopteran was a Shieldback Katydid, but we now believe it to be a Square Legged Camel Cricket,
Tropidischia xanthostoma, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Dark color and long slender legs are characteristic” and it is found “Near Pacific Coast from California to British Columbia.”  According to Insect Identification for the Casual Observer:  “Square-legged Cricket Camels have normal-sized bodies but extraordinarily long legs. The shape of the legs, especially visible at the joints, is squared, not round like one might expect. These edges have small ridges or teeth that help accentuate the corners. When they walk, they resemble spiders, but it can also hop because it is a cricket. Square-legged Cricket Camels do not bite, nor do they sting. Females have a curved, spine-like ovipositor that is used to bury eggs. It is sometimes mistaken for a thick stinger, but it is harmless.  This species is a West Coast native that can be found near water or further inland. Its varied diet of insects, detritus, vegetation, fungi, and even feces make it easy to find a meal.”