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Unknown Insect - Ammopelmatus

Unknown Insect - Ammopelmatus
10 miles east of Buffalo, Wyoming, USA
Size: 30 - 40 mm approximately
This was photographed by a friend during the week of September 28th, 2009. Powder River basin about 10 miles east of Buffalo, WY. The site was a BLM site with petrified metasequoia trees, some standing upright. It was basically sagebrush desert type landscape. The temperature was in the low 40's. The thing was partially in a small hole.

Moved from ID Request.

Unknown Insect
I was kind of leaning toward this, but my general reference books said they were brown or grey, nothing about the bright colors. Thanks.

Re: Unknown Insect
There are (at least) several different species of Jerusalem crickets in the western US, so it's understandable that yours would look a bit different from the ones in the book. Browsing through the images of the genus Stenopelmatus, you can see how much they vary in size, shape, and color.

Re: Unknown Insect
Well, most of my general entomology texts are from the 60's and 70's or for the eastern US.

Jerusalem cricket.
Nice image and a potentially noteworthy record. It is now known there are at least forty (40!) species in this genus, though most are confined to isolated dune systems in southern California. Molecular work on them might turn up several more new species. Meanwhile, do consider picking up 'my' field guide as I was more sympathetic to "westerners" than most authors:-)

Jerusalem Cricket?
Two of these insects have been found on the property I live on, here in Cody, WY. I found one of these insects inside my house! I have kept him alive on tomatoes and water, bedded down in carrot leaves, in a container. It is a very odd bug.

jerusalem cricket
this appears to be a jerusalem is a link to another spicemen with a head about as red as your specimen:

and the guide page:


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