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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.