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Post  Lindacol on 3/24/2012, 6:54 pm

My daughter has started a butterfly & hummingbird garden. It is in ground and she is waging war with the gophers. I showed her how to set traps and her score is 3 so far today. She just asked me to order more traps.
She also caught this guy(not in the traps & she did let it go well away from my garden):

It is a Jerusalem cricket, also known as a Potato bug.
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Post  camprn on 3/24/2012, 7:02 pm

I have never seen a critter like that, thanks for sharing. From doing a little reading it seems like it is on the beneficial side of being in the garden. Very Happy

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/25/2012, 9:18 am

But it is still scary to come across one of these 3" long critters, and beware of those mandibles - THEY HURT IF YOU GET PINCHED!

There is a thread that talks about SCI-FI bugs and this guy was on it!

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Post  RoOsTeR on 3/25/2012, 9:57 am

I awoke to some strange happenings in my little herb garden this morning as well:






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Post  camprn on 3/25/2012, 10:02 am

@Goosegirl wrote:But it is still scary to come across one of these 3" long critters, and beware of those mandibles - THEY HURT IF YOU GET PINCHED! GG
Yet another reason to wear light weight gloves in the garden. Shocked
Rooster, LOL, looks like a story board for a '50s horror flick! pale

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Post  Chopper on 3/25/2012, 8:37 pm

Middlemamma had a horrendous story about a potato bug in a jar that hissed at her and her brother and refused to die. I wonder of this is what she was talking about?

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Post  Goosegirl on 3/26/2012, 8:14 am

@Chopper wrote:Middlemamma had a horrendous story about a potato bug in a jar that hissed at her and her brother and refused to die. I wonder of this is what she was talking about?

Yes it is! I remember that being talked about on one of the threads where we were swapping pics of these monsters! My sister was babysitting our niece (35 years ago Shocked ) and she caught the crawling baby (niece) just in time to keep her from putting the other crawling thing into her mouth affraid ! Baby had it in her fat little hand and was drooling. How she didn't get pinched I will never know, but I thought my sister was going to have a heart attack. She started a war with them in her back yard.

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PS - forgot to mention, baby and beast were IN THE HOUSE, not scooting around the back yard. How would you like to step on one of THOSE things with bare feet?!
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