Holy bejeezus

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  1. OregonAmy

    OregonAmy TPF Noob!

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    I opened the garage door this morning to get my trimmers only to be startled by a couple of these guys. I've never seen them before so I ran inside to get my camera. (it's perched on the side of a lawn refuse bag.)

    Turns out they're harmless - camel crickets!

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    Yikes! Looks freaky. I love the shadow you captured.

    How big are these crickets?
     
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    Just the body itself (head to butt ;) ) was about 1.25". I'm not sure what its "tail" is (an ovipositor maybe?) but it's creepy.

    Apparently in just a tiny bit of reading about them, they can jump extremely high and far. Thankfully this little guy/gal stood still while I took my pictures; I think I'd have peed my pants had it jumped at me. :)
     
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    I normally love crickets, but that thing looks gross!
     
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    We get theme something terrible in my shed. They get quite large Id say.

    Mark
     

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