July 19, 2009
We found this bug inside our kayak yesterday while rinsing it out. We’re not sure if it came from the reservoir we just came from or from our yard. It’s just under 3 inches long and the antennae are twice the size of it’s body. We’ve never seen anything like this before and would appreciate if you could identify it for us. Thanks!
This is a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket in the family Rhaphidophoridae. According to BugGuide, they live in “Cool damp places – caves, rotten logs, under leaves or rocks. Will not reproduce indoors unless they find continuous dark, moist conditions.” We believe your individual may be in the genus Diestrammena. Cave Crickets can jump several feet and often startle residents who discover them in the basement.