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Any idea what this bug is?

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Distinguished Professor IV

Any idea what this bug is?

I found it in my kitchen sink this evening.  It didn't bite me when I scooted it into my hand to put it outside.  It was about an inch long.  It liked to crawl a bit once I picked it up, but it wasn't super fast.  

 

I went through a huge list of bugs in Western NY state and I couldn't find it. 

 

Edit:  I now realize that I should have taken it out of the sink and put it on a white surface before photographing it.  I'm sure the red of the sink is skewing the color a bit.  

 

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Alum

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

Oh goodness... *shudders*

 

Funny enough, I was driving to work today and felt something weird on my leg, and I grabbed it, thinking it was something stuck to my sock. Nope! It was a bug. Found it again later crawling up my stomach and felt a little bit of relief as I realized it wasn't a bee, but I still have no idea what it was. Was black with what seemed like a blue butt (or whatever the proper term for that end part of their body would be Smiley Tongue). I pulled over and stepped out of my car, never did see where it went after that Smiley Sad 

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Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

I most certainly would have felt relief in discovering it wasn't a bee, too.  Years ago I had a bumble bee fly in the window and land on the front of my shirt when I was driving down the road, and let's just say that I'm glad no one was behind me, as I slammed on the brakes.  It was almost a reflex.  And, thankfully, I was able to get out and get it off of me before it stung, though it was probably stunned from the whole ordeal, so it's possible that stinging me was the last thing on its tiny mind.  Smiley Tongue 


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Alum

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

Yikes! I was stung by a bee before I can even remember. My mother said the bee flew to the back where I was seated, landed near my eyebrow and stung me. Probably why I am deathly afraid of them now Smiley Sad 

 

But that's how my day was sort of today, thankfully no one saw me and I'm also thankful I didn't hit a curb or anything when I went to pull over while trying to keep an eye out for the bug. Realizing now how dangerous driving with bugs can be! 

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Distinguished Professor III

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

What the fork is that thing? It looks like an elongated, flightless bee.  

I was stung by bees often as a child, as my grandfather raised bees. Those stings hurt like the dickens. 

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Assistant Professor

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

Mole cricket.

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Advanced Tutor

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

As @maratsade suggested, I think it's some sort of wingless wasp mimic, similar to the wasp mimic beetle or a type of cockroach that mimics a wasp/hornet. But I am no insect expert; that's just a (somewhat) educated guess!
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Distinguished Professor III

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

Yeah, to me it looks like a sort of flightless bee/wasp thing, not at all like a cricket (I looked up the mole cricket, but that looks very much like a cricket).  But then I have little to no experience with bugs, so I'm deferring to the people who know more about them.  

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Associate Professor

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

I know what it is: It's something that wouldn't last long around me.
#IHateBugs


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Distinguished Professor III

Re: Any idea what this bug is?

I love bugs (not to pet them or anything, -- I just find them fascinating), but some of the bugs here in "the colonies" (j/k) are nightmarish.