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Subject:  Unidentified Buggy Creature (UBC)
Geographic location of the bug:  Galesburg, Illinois USA
Date: 08/18/2018
Time: 01:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I have been finding quite a few of these interesting bugs around my house this Summer. It is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch long (with legs), reddish head,dark body, pale green legs. Most are outside, but a few like the one in the photos I’ve attached, have made their way inside for a visit.  I just take the back out and let them go back to their buggy business, but I’m curious as to what they are. I’ve been searching online and can’t seem to find a match. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
If it helps sometimes their hind legs are a much brighter green.
Thanks for providing a great and helpful site for the bug curious.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Sarah

Handsome Trig

Hi Sarah,
The colors of the Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig,
Phyllopalpus pulchellus, are quite attractive, but for some reason, they are not well captured in your images.  According to BugGuide:  “Distinctive appearance. Red head/throrax, pale legs, dark bluish-black forewings. Last segment of palp is black and oval flattened shape. Female forewings are convex similar to beetles. Song (of male) is a ‘rattling, broken trill’ , given both day and night. “

Thank you so much for your quick reply, and identification! My UCB friend is now an ICB 😉
I had a hard time getting the lighting right, as my buggy friend wanted to stick to the shadows. When I’ve seen them outside the colors are much more vibrant.
Thank you again for solving my mystery!

Subject:  Weird Mantis Mix
Geographic location of the bug:  New York, Long Island
Date: 08/11/2018
Time: 04:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug on my bed. It has a red small head and neck the face reminds me of an ant or mantis. A tan/clear top and a green belly. Six legs. Big hind legs like a grasshopper. No Mantis arms. Also wings! Never seen anything like it! Like a mantis mixed grasshopper. Seems too thin for a grasshopper
How you want your letter signed:  Thomas

Female Two-Spotted Tree Cricket

Dear Thomas,
This is a female Two-Spotted Tree Cricket.  According to BugGuide:  “Two-spotted Tree Cricket, can be found on a wide variety of vegetation including (but not restricted to): Grapevine, Sunflower, Maple Tree, White Pine Tree, Apple Tree, Post Oak Tree. They are generally high on tall plants or in trees.”

Subject:  Please identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Cincinnati, OH
Date: 08/01/2018
Time: 09:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this insect in my kitchen.  I have never seen this type before. It was easy to catch in a jar. I nicknamed it “the boxer” because it looks like it’s wearing boxing gloves and acted like it was sparring. Please tell me what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Mary

Handsome Trig

Dear Mary,
This is a Red Headed Bush Cricket or Handsome Trig, and the curved ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen indicates it is female.  According to BugGuide:  “Found in vegetation near streams and marshes, about a meter above the ground” and “there are no similar species in the U.S.”

Daniel, thanks so much for your timely and helpful response. Is it an uncommon insect? I’ve never seen one before.

Hi Again Mary,
The BugGuide range based on submissions is relatively extensive, and we have not read anywhere that Handsome Trigs are rare.  Many insects go unnoticed if folks are not looking for them.  You encountered this individual because she entered your kitchen, perhaps on your clothing if you were in the yard.  Insects have learned to hide, because avoiding detection means they stand a better chance of not becoming a meal to a predator.

Thanks again, Daniel. My visiting Red Headed Bush Cricket has been safely released into my back yard. I am fascinated by her coloring, especially the legs.


Subject:  Nasty looking critter
Geographic location of the bug:  Cyprus
Date: 07/06/2018
Time: 03:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What on earth is this and what does it do? He/She was about 6cm long excluding rear ‘feelers’ and seemed quite timid. It ran (quite quickly) rather than hopped or flew. The front ‘feet’ looked like pincers. Is it native to the Middle East and is it a threat to animals/plants?
How you want your letter signed:  David

Mole Cricket

Dear David,
This is a Mole Cricket.  We get reports of Mole Crickets from many places around the globe.  It is not dangerous to animals.  Mole Crickets might damage plant roots.

Dear Daniel
Thank you very much for the identification and comments – I should have tried to capture and remove it as my wife will surely blame him the next time one of her plants dies in mysterious circumstances.

Subject:  Creepiest bug ever!
Geographic location of the bug:  Westchester County, ny
Date: 05/20/2018
Time: 08:29 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this guy in our basement playroom.   It is 2-3” in length.  It’s front claws seem to be  clubs with  sharp looking finger like  protrusions.   Then two more sets  of legs.  The rear has 3 spikes. 1 longer than the other 2   Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Lucille

Mole Cricket

Dear Lucille,
We see from a subsequent email that you have already identified your Mole Cricket.

Subject:  Large, strange bug!
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast Florida
Date: 03/21/2018
Time: 03:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Letting my dog out and noticed this guy in a forgotten container. Looks like it has wings but doesn’t seem to be able to get out.  Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Dawn

Mole Cricket

Dear Dawn,
Because of their large size, unusual appearance and nearly global distribution range, we get identification requests for Mole Crickets from many different countries and continents.  Some Mole Crickets are capable of flight, but they are basically subterranean dwellers that dig beneath the surface of the ground.