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dday70
Lasana, TX

March 21, 2013
7:53 PM

Post #9457636

Can someone identify this fellow?

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2013
10:01 PM

Post #9457735

Looks like a young Jerusalem cricket. Stenopelmatus fuscus.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showimage/13831/
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

March 22, 2013
3:27 AM

Post #9457798

It's not even an insect; it's an arachnid known as a solfugid - http://www.texasento.net/Solifugids.htm

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2013
12:28 PM

Post #9458240

Ah ha! Thanks, Flap.
kennedyh
Churchill, Victoria
Australia
(Zone 10a)



March 22, 2013
1:30 PM

Post #9458283

dday70, this is great, I didn't even know of the existence of these creatures. We have no Solifugids in BugFiles, so I have (aided by BugGuide.net) identified your creature as far as I can. It is one of the Straight-faced Solifugids in the family Eremobatidae. It is very like a male Eremocosta striata: http://bugguide.net/node/view/631790/bgpage
but there are other species in that genus, so I suggest we call it Eremocosta sp.
I have created a page for Eremocosta sp. in BugFiles here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/7016/
We would greatly appreciate it if you would add your image of this fascinating creature to that page,

Ken
Sivion
Rockcreek, OR

March 26, 2013
9:35 PM

Post #9463448

Wow. I didn't know these creatures existed. They are fascinating!

I found a video of one digging.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wd3OAuDqvY

And here is one eating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STBrR5_AcOE


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