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Bug of the Week: Jerusalem Cricket

We have some large, unusual looking  insects in the Western United States:

But not many people see them because they are under the soil or under rocks.

They have a number of common names, but usually are called Jerusalem crickets (Family Stenopelmatidae). They are not true crickets, but have a similar lifestyle. They feed on decaying plant material in the soil, or possibly roots depending on the species.

This one was hiding under a rock.

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