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Square-Legged Camel Cricket (Tropidischia xanthostoma)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Square-Legged Camel Cricket.


 Updated: 11/2/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  Square-Legged Camel Cricket  
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Thanks to its incredibly long spindly legs, the non-biting Square-Legged Camel Cricket can easily be mistaken for a spider.





Square-legged Cricket Camels have normal-sized bodies but extraordinarily long legs. The shape of the legs, especially visible at the joints, is squared, not round like one might expect. These edges have small ridges or teeth that help accentuate the corners. When they walk, they resemble spiders, but it can also hop because it's a cricket. Square-legged Cricket Camels do not bite, nor do they sting. Females have a curved, spine-like ovipositor that is used to bury eggs. It is sometimes mistaken for a thick stinger, but it is harmless.

This species is a West Coast native that can be found near water or further inland. Its varied diet of insects, detritus, vegetation, fungi, and even feces make it easy to find a meal. Unfortunately, Square-legged Cricket Camels can ingest a nematode from deer mouse feces and spread it to healthy deer mice if eaten by one. These tiny worms affect the mouse's gut, making it sick. The nematodes are not a threat to humans, but their impact on mice can disrupt a food web that relies on healthy deer mice in order to flourish.
Basic Information
Common Name: Square-Legged Camel Cricket
Scientific Name: Tropidischia xanthostoma
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 11mm to 20mm (0.43in to 0.78in)
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Identifying Colors: brown
Additional Descriptors: squared, angled, cubed, straight, edge, legs, long, jumping, fast, coastal, hopping, spider, harmless




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Raphidophoridae
Genus: Tropidischia
Species: xanthostoma




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: 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 below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Square-Legged Camel Cricket may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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