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  • Camel Cricket - (Ceuthophilus spp.)

    Camel Cricket - (Ceuthophilus spp.)

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

    Staff Writer (1/23/2017): 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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    Camel Cricket

    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.

    Size (Adult, 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 an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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