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I have seen these little bugs in my house, I told my children they are baby crickets or baby grasshoppers. But then I notice that they fly. It is smaller than a cricket or grasshopper, which is why I assumed it was a baby.

The body is black and has some dark blue on it. It's body is probably about the length of a standard house fly, maybe slightly longer. And it flies well.

Is there a species of cricket or grasshopper that fits my description? Or is it something else entirely?

Thanks for your time.

God bless,
Michelle

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Michelle:

Your description does not fit any North American grasshopper or cricket I can think of.  Without at least a clear image of the creature in question, preferably a specimen, I can't begin to tell you what it could be.

Thank you for understanding the limits of what can be done from a description alone, over the internet, and the vast number of potential suspects (literally thousands).

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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