Is it possible to identify this bug,,? Found in South Sinai .in Egypt . Only seen crawling but maybe it can fly ? Black with 6 legs. 2 long black "strings " coming from back end Thank you

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  • $\begingroup$ Are you sure the 2 long black "strings" are from the back? Looks more like an antenna to me, and the larger legs are usually on the back. $\endgroup$
    – Andrew T.
    Feb 2, 2019 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ Please update with approximate size and a picture of the other side of the specimen. Thanks $\endgroup$ Feb 3, 2019 at 3:44

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This is a cricket in the family Gryllidae. The two thin "strings" on the left are antennae, and the two sturdier "strings" on the right are cerci (though your image is not clear, and perhaps one of the extensions on the right is actually an ovipositor). See here for a clear image showing cricket anatomy.

An example cricket with wide geographic range that includes Egypt:

Gryllus bimaculatus

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Credit: Vlad Proklov

Without additional info, I'm not sure you'll get an accurate species ID on your specimen.

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    $\begingroup$ All photos on this question are of female specimens (yes, that is an ovipositor on the right; the right cercus is also visible just below, but somewhat out of focus); given that species level identification in singing insects is at least assisted by a recording of the male calling song, the best anyone will be able to do is give a genus (assuming access to the specimen and the appropriate identification keys). $\endgroup$ Feb 14, 2019 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the informative follow-up, Arthur. $\endgroup$ Feb 14, 2019 at 5:16

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