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Jerusalem cricket - Stenopelmatus

Jerusalem cricket - Stenopelmatus
Lake Hodges, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego County, California, USA
January 29, 2003
Size: body length 22 mm
I understand that there are a lot of different species of these guys so will not even guess! They are common under rocks and wandering on the ground after rain at Lake Hodges.

I saw one of these unearthed at a construction site in Cornado, CA when I was a fifth grade looked tremendous, and at that time I had no idea that it was a cricket...I thought it was some type of larvae or monsterous I wish I had saved it. I am told these make fine 'pets'. In cricketdom, I think that this is second scariest in appearance...only the Australian Tree Weta is more ferocious in appearance with its huge head and jaws.

Turns out there are over fifty species, nearly all of them awaiting formal description and names. Several are endemic (found only) to isolated dune systems in southern California.

Found in Washington
this fellow was found in Loomis, WA yesterday (10-15-11). No one I have talked with has ever seen one in my area. Loomis is located in northcentral WA, 18 miles from the Canadian border.

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