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Ant/termite-like insect - Grylloblatta

Ant/termite-like insect - Grylloblatta
near Stayton, Marion County, Oregon, USA
December 13, 2008
Size: ~0.5-0.75"
Found under bark in 2nd growth forest composed mainly of conifers with deciduous trees mixed in.

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More specific location...
... due to the fact this is a special little critter. This was found at Silver Falls State Park and actually I saw a few of them lookin' around under bark. It was and is currently snowy over there and that area has a nice forest in which they can escape the heat of summer. The one photographed was found not too far from the upper South Falls I believe (maybe a 50-100ft higher than the river at the base of the falls). This is a foothill or low elevation forest.
Thanks for the ID, I thought it was an odd little bugger but didn't realize it was rare. Sweet!

mighty sweet indeed --
thnx for extra info

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Was this taken at high elevation? Based on v belov's ID these guys like cold. Or hate heat.

Grylloblatta sp. (Grylloblattodea: Grylloblattidae)
game--set--match! New ORDER to BG!
(and you are among a very few people lucky enough to have photographed them. if i'm not mistaken, the first member of the order was discovered less than a hundred years ago. they are of orthopteroid stock.)
i've never seen one, and the pic isn't exactly good, but this is huge! [there is a guy around here who 'would kill to see a grylloblattid']

Awesome, indeed
"[there is a guy around here who 'would kill to see a grylloblattid']". I think that a gal said those words : )

Great to have shots of this order, definitely an overlooked group of insects.

I just created all of the guide pages, so you can move 'em over when you are ready.

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