The curvy hump on the back of the large, speckled Spotted Camel Cricket makes it easy recognize this sprightly insect.
The high arching back on this cricket is unlike other families of crickets. This hefty species is found in forests, under rocks, and even in basements. The Spotted Camel Cricket 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, 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 generally freaks people out.
Scientific Name: Ceuthophilus maculatus
Other Name(s): Camel Cricket
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 27mm (0.39in to 1.05in)
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