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Strange Little Insect

A Jerusalem cricket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's a strange little insect. A reader likens it to "a cricket on steroids." A Van Nuys resident says she always wondered what they were. "I've lived in this house for 17 years, and a few times a year I see this strange insect in my backyard.  It...

A Jerusalem cricket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Jerusalem cricket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Jerusalem cricket. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Burrowing owls feed on Jerusalem crickets. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Burrowing owls feed on Jerusalem crickets. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Burrowing owls feed on Jerusalem crickets. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

What's That Bug?

Praying mantis with remnants of a meal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you don't know what it is, don't kill it. That insect in your garden could very well be a beneficial insect. If you operate on the "shoot-first-ask-questions later" or "the only good bug is a dead bug," no telling how many insects--and...

Praying mantis with remnants of a meal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis with remnants of a meal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis with remnants of a meal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is an immature ladybug (aka lady beetle). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is an immature ladybug (aka lady beetle). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is an immature ladybug (aka lady beetle). Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This male Valley carpenter bee is a pollinator, not a pest. The female Valley carpenter bee is solid black. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This male Valley carpenter bee is a pollinator, not a pest. The female Valley carpenter bee is solid black. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This male Valley carpenter bee is a pollinator, not a pest. The female Valley carpenter bee is solid black. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jerusalem cricket is often mistaken for a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Jerusalem cricket is often mistaken for a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Jerusalem cricket is often mistaken for a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Not Jiminy

Jerusalem Cricket

It was an unexpected visit. UC Davis bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey noticed the critter in one of the restrooms at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. She found it several days after the massive Oct. 12 storm raced...

Jerusalem Cricket
Jerusalem Cricket

JERUSALEM CRICKET is not really a true cricket or a true bug. It's an insect that burrows beneath the soil to feed on decaying organic matter. During a heavy rainfall, you'll see them emerge from the soaked ground. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Big 'Un
Big 'Un

BIG 'UN--This Jerusalem cricket is quite large (note the size of the pencil tip next to it). Some of these insects can reach 2.7 inches in length. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-Up
Close-Up

CLOSE-UP of a head of a Jerusalem cricket. Note the mud splattered on one eye. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Release
Release

BEE BREEDER-GENETICIST Susan Cobey releases the Jerusalem cricket on the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research facility grounds. It was found inside the facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM
 
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