Cellpic Sunday — 10/09/22

John Steiner, the blogger behind Journeys With Johnbo, has this prompt he calls Cellpic Sunday in which he asks us to post a photo that was taken with a cellphone, tablet, or another mobile device. I thought this might be fun so I decided to join in.

This photo below was taken with my iPhone when I was walking my dog. She spotted something “interesting” on the sidewalk and started to investigate. When I saw it, I pulled my dog back and bent down to take a closer look. It seemed to be an insect, like a cricket, but it looked like it had been dipped into some sort of gold coating. It was weird, which is why I leaned in to take this photo. Then I gingerly touched it and it didn’t move, and that’s when I realized it was just an empty exoskeleton.

I was curious because I’d never seen a bug like this before so I took my photo and did a Google reverse search. Turns out that the bug was a Jerusalem cricket. But despite its name, it’s neither true cricket nor true bug. It’s not even native to Jerusalem. And while they are not venomous, they can emit a foul smell and are capable of inflicting a painful bite.

Who knew?

If you wish to participate in this fun cellphone photo prompt, please click on the link to John’s post at the top of my post to see his photo and to read his instructions.

13 thoughts on “Cellpic Sunday — 10/09/22

  1. newepicauthor October 9, 2022 / 3:31 pm

    Interesting, but it is a bug, as they called potato bugs and they are a flightless insect.

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        • Fandango October 9, 2022 / 9:49 pm

          According to the site https://www.gardenbetty.com/jerusalem-cricket-potato-bug/:
          “When is a potato bug not a potato bug? When it’s actually a Jerusalem cricket, an entirely different bug altogether that often gets lumped together with the Colorado potato beetle. Jerusalem crickets are large and intimidating alien-like insects with humanoid heads, but despite their sinister appearance, they’re harmless (and even beneficial in the garden) and won’t bite unless provoked.”

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  2. bushboy October 9, 2022 / 4:01 pm

    Cicadas split open from the back. I guess this one opens up underneath.

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  3. Lauren October 9, 2022 / 5:56 pm

    I am glad you took the photo and not me. Bugs are not my friends.

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  4. jilldennison October 9, 2022 / 8:36 pm

    Poor little cricket. He looks rather like some that occasionally get into our house and Boo the cat promptly pulls their legs off, leaving them having to crawl everywhere. I don’t think we’ve ever had one with that gold hue, though. Probably just as well, or poor Boo would have been bitten!

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  5. Nope, Not Pam October 10, 2022 / 3:00 am

    Wow, that’s quite amazing 😊

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  6. leigha66 October 14, 2022 / 9:12 pm

    Yikes, I wouldn’t want to run into that face to face (when his face was still in there that is).

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