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Jerusalem Cricket

Stenopelmatus sp.


This is the largest cricket I've seen yet. It was hiding under bark and was very unhappy to be discovered. It flipped on its back and threatened us by opening and closing its "jaws".


Coastal scrub under bark near Sycamore trees at Tenaja Falls. The range is the "Western United States, basically west of 100 west longitude--just reaching western Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas. Dark Jerusalem Cricket, S. fuscus is widespread, likely represents a species group." - BugGuide


"Predatory on other insects, also feeds on roots, decaying vegetation. Sometimes found eating potatoes. Said to be able to deliver a strong bite, but also to make a good pet." - BugGuide

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Thank you Yuko!

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Nice spotting! And a cute story. :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago


Thank you, Gerardo! They're really are cute. There's a toy here in the states called Cootie that these crickets resemble so that's what we call them :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Great spot Cindy ,when i was a kid my dad just to call them ( Cara de Niño or Baby face ) very rare :)

Riverside, California, USA

Spotted on Nov 23, 2012
Submitted on Nov 24, 2012

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