What is it?
I was working in my backyard this weekend, when I turned over a rock and discovered this creepy-crawly. Anyone have an idea what it is? I wasn't about to mess with it. Looked like it had a stinger on its tail.
Thanks to Robin Bobcat for identifying it as a Jerusalem Cricket
. According to the San Diego Natural History Museum: "this nocturnal cricket is actually non-aggressive and possesses no poison glands, although its jaws can inflict a painful bite." Even if it's non-poisonous, I'm glad I stayed away from it. And it's still out there in my backyard somewhere.
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They're considered pure gold for high school biology students out working on a bug case.
Some of my fish would love to eat that thing.
Since moving to NM, I have heard all kind of (bad) stories about this bug. Despite what the locals say, I really don't think it looks like a human fetus. :(
Alex, I'm so glad you didn't kill it! I hate senseless bug murder.