Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Request for info...

For all you bug people out there... Do you have any information on the above bug? It was labeled as Gryllacrididae, but after looking that up on the web it does not seem to posses the same characteristics of that group (the humped back and elongate legs). I would like to find out the family and genus of this bug if possible.


Dorid said...

Hey Kiddo,Genus Stenopelmatus. (Jerusalem Cricket)

I'm not sure of the species, I'm guessing it's a Stenopelmatus Intermedius... I don't have all the identifying information on that at this point.

Dorid said...

More info:

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Superclass Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Subclass Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Family Stenopelmatidae (Jerusalem Crickets)
Genus Stenopelmatus (Jerusalem Cricket)

Woh-tzi-Neh (Navajo, variously translated as "old bald-headed man", "skull insect", or "bone-neck beetle"), Nina de la Tierra (Spanish, "child of the earth"), Potato Bug, Devil's Baby.

Wingless. Antennae long. Front of pronotum is wide, antennae widely separated at base, head is very large. Tibiae are robust with spines for digging, and tarsi have pads beneath. Hind femora do not extend beyond tip of abdomen in this family (1). (Note: this description applies to the whole family, but this is the most widespread genus in our area.)