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Camel Cricket (Ceuthophilus spp.)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Camel Cricket

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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.

Updated: 05/17/2023; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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 is 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.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Orthoptera
        Family: Rhaphidophoridae
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          Genus: Ceuthophilus
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            Species: spp.

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Ceuthophilus spp.
Other Name(s): Cave Cricket; Camelback Cricket; Spider Cricket; Spricket; Crider; Sand Treader
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 45mm (0.39" to 1.77")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown; black; tan
Descriptors: hump; round; legs; stripes; jump; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 10mm (0.4in) and 45mm (1.8in)
Lo: 10mm
Md: 27.5mm
Hi: 45mm

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Camel Cricket may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects 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. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Camel Cricket. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
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