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    Spotted Camel Cricket - (Ceuthophilus maculatus)

    The speckled hump on the back of the large and jumpy Spotted Camel Cricket makes it easy recognize.

    Staff Writer (7/17/2014): The high arching 'back' of this cricket helped name it. This species is found in forests, under rocks and even in basements. The Spotted Camel Cricket probably blends in well with its natural surroundings thanks to the mottled coloration on its body and legs. Camel Crickets, in general, have the traditionally large hind legs associated with all crickets. They are used for leaping long and high distances.

    The Spotted Camel Cricket is also common in southeastern Canada as well as the northeastern United States all the way down to Texas.

    They feed at night on plants and even eat other insects. They are most active from spring through summer, but occasionally, these insects find their way inside warm homes or buildings during the fall and winter. They will typically reside in the dark parts of a home, like a basement or cellar. Like other crickets, they are not dangerous to people; just large, fast and springy which usually startles an unaware passerby.

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    Spotted Camel Cricket

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Spotted Camel Cricket
    Scientific Name: Ceuthophilus maculatus
    Other Names: Camel Cricket

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Rhaphidorphoridae
           Genus: Ceuthophilus
            Species: maculatus

    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 27mm (0.39in to 1.06in)

    Identifying Colors: brown; black; yellow; red; tan

    Additional Descriptors: jumping, speckles, hump, arch, back

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec

    * 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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