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RE: Revival of the Nature Identification Contest (NIC) - win SBI - steembasicincome V.1

This is a cool idea as I have many mysterious observations!! I found this beastie in Bali close to a rice paddy. It was being chased by geckos and actually screamed! It has big hand like appendages at the front. Funny looking creature... We saved its life!

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Hmmm, looks like a mutant cross between a Locust and a Shrimp. Maybe we should call in Ridley Scott to Identify it, or Bruce Campbell the guy who played in Army of darkness. But me I have no clue. It is an interesting looking bug.

So maybe @whatisnew would know. she likes bugs.

Ha, yes it does doesn't it!! Bruce Campbell would just get the boomstick on it.

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Hahaha... agreed about calling Ridley Scott! I do think it looks like a Weta... could it be some version of a weta - or a long lost cuz since there is now some water between Bali and NZ?

Wētā is the common name for a group of about 70 insect species in the families Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae, endemic to New Zealand. They are giant flightless crickets, and some are amongst the largest insects in the world. Generally nocturnal and herbivorous, they are preyed on by introduced mammals, and some species are now critically endangered.

ps. Would be great if @whatisnew could share some bug expertise!

Looks like a mole cricket or maybe a jerusalem cricket.
Did you say it screamed? How odd!

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It screamed for its life being pursued by a Gecko. It was a tiny scream, it made us jump! It has been confirmed as a Mole Cricket now, but this Jerusalem cricket looks amazing!

Oh man, sounds like a micro Jurasic Park! I have more crickets in my garden and they are a beneficial. The till my soul so that i get good root development in my plants and trees.
Nice save!

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That creature is fuel for nightmares! Glad you saved its life though... I wonder what it is!

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You are right. It looks HIDEOUS. But it is a gentle creature.

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Wow that is a cool looking insect.

How big is it? IT looks huge! hahaha.

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully someone can help us figure it out.

Yeah. Cool and freaky. It looked like it had mini hands!!! It was about 4-5cm long....

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Pretty big... mega-cricket? if not some form of weta? see above...

Oh oh! From this post I've had some renewed interest in this weirdo insect and just googled (should have done this before) 'big cricket bali insect' - its a Mole Cricket - They are obviously big digging hands... What the hell!

I agree it looks like the mole crickets we have in Florida, but probably a different variety in Asia.

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A scarier looking variety? What an interesting creature!

bigger one too! it looks huge!

so it is a massive cricket?! cool!!!
Good work team!

Yeah, one that apparently lives underground!