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  • Date Photo Taken

    11 / 28 / 2014

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    Blue Ridge

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Can you tell me what this critter is? I found it on a bush beside my driveway. I live in the North GA mountains near Blue Ridge.


  • Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    OK – we have an expert: Dr. Rick Hoebeke, at the GA Museum of Natural History (via Dan Suiter), has taken a stab at this: “It looks like one of the camel or cave crickets, definitely a Gryllacrididae. “But all the spiny stuff from the exoskeleton, I believe, is the result of a Laboulbeniales infection, also called labouls. “This kind of fungus includes many species which are obligate insect ectoparasites, with cellular thalli. A thallus is attached to its host by a dark-colored foot cell, through which the fungus penetrates the exoskeleton of its host to draw nutrition from the hemolymph. “The external part of the thallus may form male structures (antheridia) or female structures (trichogynes and perithecia), or both (ex Wikipedia).”

    December 7th, 2014 at 11:33am

  • Bobby Master Identifier says:

    Yep, Zombie cricket! Thank you Suzanne the buglady for confirming my suspicions and identifying the poor Cricket so afflicted.

    December 6th, 2014 at 2:48pm

  • R.ose Unregistered says:

    Makes me remember my ex husband, He was a monster too,

    December 5th, 2014 at 6:33pm

  • Marylee Unregistered says:

    I second the Jerusalem cricket. But it doesn’t have the dark stripes in used to seeing? And I’ve never seen a hairy one.

    December 5th, 2014 at 8:01am

  • Suzanne Buglady Unregistered says:

    This a Carolina leaf-rolling cricket (Camptonotus carolinensis) killed by a parasitic fungus. (per Piotr Naskrecki)

    December 5th, 2014 at 12:10am

  • Ginger Unregistered says:

    I think Bobby is right. See photos:

    December 5th, 2014 at 12:45am

  • Bobby Master Identifier says:

    A Cordyceps fungi infected cricket?

    December 4th, 2014 at 9:56pm

  • Philip Herron Unregistered says:

    Looks like an immature cricket. Phil

    December 4th, 2014 at 3:41pm

  • Ella Leaf Lover says:

    I believe that is a “Jerusalem Cricket”. I first saw them in Southern California. I have never seen ones with spines before though.

    December 4th, 2014 at 3:02pm

  • OldTiger36 Unregistered says:

    Looks like a lady mole cricket that forgot to shave her underarms to me!

    December 4th, 2014 at 3:42pm

  • parityanimal Master Identifier says:

    Looks like some kind of spiny/hairy grasshopper, cricket or locust. Was it alive and naturally brown or is that just a husk?

    December 4th, 2014 at 11:51am

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