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never seen this before

Lasana, TX

Can someone identify this fellow?

Thumbnail by dday70
(Zone 7a)

Looks like a young Jerusalem cricket. Stenopelmatus fuscus.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showimage/13831/

Minot, ND

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

(Zone 7a)

Ah ha! Thanks, Flap.

Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

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

Rockcreek, OR

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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