Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Camel Cricket - (Ceuthophilus spp.)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/3/2016

The Camel Cricket has a hump and can be found in arid regions, but that's where the similarities end with camels.

The Camel Cricket gets its name from the rounded hump back. The hump does not aid in water retention. They consume a variety of things like fruit, leaves, plant roots, fungi and dead insects (including dead Camel Crickets).

This is not a true cricket. It lacks wings, but has an enormous set of hind legs. They enable to cricket to briskly avoid capture by jumping away from predators. Males do not generally make the typical 'chirp' that field crickets are known for. In fact, most species of Camel Cricket lack inner ears so they may hear nothing at all. Their antennae can be the same length as their bodies. These aid in identifying their surroundings and well as the presence of potential predators.

Though Camel Crickets are usually found in nature, they can occasionally be seen in basements, cellars, sheds and other outbuildings. They are nocturnal and prefer dark, damp places. In nature, they can be found under leaves, rocks and loose tree bark.

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Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Common name: Camel Cricket
Scientific Name: Ceuthophilus spp.

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
     Order: Orthoptera
      Family: Rhaphidophoridae
       Genus: Ceuthophilus
        Species: spp.

Adult Size (Length): 10mm to 45mm (0.39in to 1.77in)

Identifying Colors: brown, black, tan

Additional Descriptors: hump, round, legs, stripes, jump, flying

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.