Monster of the Day #1174 Updated on June 25, 2015 By Ken Begg 16 Comments Ah, there’s the Bert I. Gordon we all know and love. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1551 (Apr 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1550 (Apr 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1549 (Apr 17, 2017) Monster of the Day #1548 (Apr 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1547 (Apr 13, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Gamera977 Not a big fan of the darker reimaging of Jiminy Cricket… Flangepart “When you wish upon a scar, they’ll never know just who you are. When you’re left with out a head, my dreams-come-truuuue…” Beckoning Chasm In the right hands, something like this could be really nightmarish. Something just “off” enough to make people uneasy about whether or not they were actually seeing something. Eric Hinkle In the right hands, yes. Which I imagine means ‘another pair than Mister Gordon’s.’ Beckoning Chasm True, true. When I look at the picture, I keep thinking it could be a great still from some production of “The Whisperer in Darkness.” Erocb The Dark Cricket Returns Rock Baker I think this might be a mole cricket. Granted, I’m no entomologist! Cullen Waters Well. We found a movie that makes Beginning of the End look realistic. Flangepart “One weekend a month my a$$!” Crow T. Robot. Beckoning Chasm OT, but sad about Patrick Macnee. Of course, I thought he was already dead, so I’m one to talk… Wade Harrell Close, I think it’s a Child of the Earth cricket, AKA Jerusalem Cricket, AKA “Potato Bug”. A much feared but largely harmless insect found in the southwest. Rock Baker So that’s a Jerusalem Cricket. Adds a touch of irony to it’s somewhat menacing appearance, doesn’t it? Wade Harrell Apparently the name Jerusalem comes from a misunderstanding of one of the Native American names for them by Spanish priests. Although not really dangerous they do have massive jaws and can give a painful bite. Rock Baker Neat. I didn’t know that. The Rev. I had not heard that, either. There’s my something new learned today! While not an entomologist, I am a huge science nerd. I’m quite sure this is a Jerusalem cricket. Mole crickets are similar in appearance; crucially, though, their front pair of legs are heavily modified for burrowing, and in fact resemble a mole’s claws. You’ll notice this insect’s limbs all look alike. Also, mole crickets have a pretty small head at the end of a rather long thorax (they almost look like they have a really long head with a face scrunched up at the end), while Jerusalem crickets have a larger head (in fact, it’s quite large proportionally to the rest of the body, compared to most insects), as you can see here. Rock Baker Well, it was the ‘hands’ that had me thinking mole. As noted, I’m no expert. The crickets I have first-hand experience with are mostly field and cave crickets -both inside my house!