Potato Bug in hand.





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Uploaded on Oct 21, 2010

California San Francisco, Head of this bug looks like a humans head very cool close up. I took time to train it not to bite by placing it in a clear plastic bowl in my hand then removed the bowl.
Jerusalem crickets, also called potato bugs, are a group of large, flightless insects of the genus Stenopelmatus. They are native to the western United States and parts of Mexico. Central California Males like this one emerge from their safe holes every october in search for a female often wondering day and night.
Despite their name, Jerusalem crickets are neither true crickets, true bugs, nor native to Jerusalem, and they do not prefer potatoes for food. Active only at night, the insects use their strong mandibles to feed primarily eat other insects. Their highly adapted feet are used for burrowing beneath moist soil in decaying root plants and tubers where they find other insects and their larva.

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