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Camel Cricket (Ceuthophilus spp.)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Camel Cricket, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 2/13/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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

The Camel Cricket gets its name from the rounded hump on its dorsal side (back). The hump does not aid in water retention. Most are brown; some also have dark spotting or banding on them. Long wispy antennae probe the air and area in front of them. The back pair of legs are extremely long. Even bent, they are taller than the rest of the body. Those long legs enable to cricket to immediately avoid capture from predators by jumping many feet away. An unusual body shape and the ability to jump so far through the air make many first-time observers afraid of them. When not moving, some people have mistaken them for spiders. Strangely, the Camel Cricket is not a true cricket. It lacks wings, and does not chirp like typical crickets. In fact, most species of Camel Cricket lack inner ears, and likely hear nothing at all.

Camel Crickets do not bite or sting. They consume a variety of things like fruit, leaves, plant roots, fungi and dead insects (including dead Camel Crickets). Though Camel Crickets are usually found in outdoors, they can occasionally wander into basements, cellars, sheds and other outbuildings. They are nocturnal and prefer dark, damp places. Normally, they can be found under leaves, near rocks and stones, and loose tree bark.

Picture of the Camel Cricket
Picture of the Camel Cricket

Camel Cricket Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 10 mm to 45 mm (0.39 inches to 1.755 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown, black, tan
Additional Descriptors: hump, round, legs, stripes, jump, flying

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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