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Jerusalem cricket, Stenopelmatus spp., is native to the desert southwest, the western states, and along the Pacific coast. In Spanish it is often called el niño de la tierra—the child of the earth. It has also been called “the old bald man” and the potato bug. There are several myths about this insect. One myth is that Jerusalem crickets are poisonous. They can bite, but usually when they are cornered or when they are picked up. The bite can be painful, but there is no venom delivered.