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Subject: What Bug Is This? Camel Cricket?
Location: Northern NJ
December 17, 2012 10:27 am
I keep finding these in my ground-floor garden-style apartment in Northern NJ. They are big – easily 2-3 inches in length, and FAST. They are very resistant to bug spray/hard to kill. Windows and doors are tightly sealed so I do not know how these SCARY looking bugs are getting in. From looking on your site, it looks like it might be a Camel Cricket, but I am not sure.
Signature: SCARED

Camel Cricket

You are correct.  This is a Camel Cricket.  They are often found in basements and other damp, dark locations.  According to BugGuide:  “Most are omnivorous and will feed on most anything organic. Many (if not most) will catch and eat other smaller animals when they can. In houses may chew on paper products, occasionally fabric.”

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Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
December 11, 2012 3:47 am
Hi Bugman,
Please help, Im so freaked out by these bugs Im finding in our home… I cant even get a decent photo of one because they are constantly on the move – and they are so scary (to me anyway) Im not prepared to take one in my hand!
Ive drawn a pic of what it looks like… I hope this can be of some help.
I live in the Eastern Cape, in South Africa. Ive lived in Kwazulu Natal as well as Johannesburg and Ive never seen anything like this before. Its uglier than a Parktown Prawn!
Signature: Odette

Drawing of what might be a Mole Cricket

Dear Odette,
We suspect you might have encountered Mole Crickets.  They are harmless.  They are found in many parts of the world, including South Africa.  We are including an image of a Mole Cricket from New Jersey with this posting.

Mole Cricket from New Jersey

Hi Daniel!
Thank you so much for your quick response!!!!
I had a look at the pic, and it seems to be very similar except for the long things at the tail end, and the colour, but I’m sure it’s definitely from the same family.
You are a star! Thanks again!


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Subject: Bug in Room!
Location: San Diego
November 19, 2012 2:45 am
Ive found multiples of these in my room that i am renting over the past 4 days! help!
Signature: -Cayla


Hi Cayla,
This is a Cricket and it appears to be a very young specimen.

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Subject: Beautiful cricket of some type.
Location: Delaware
November 10, 2012 11:39 am
Found in Delaware, mid Atlantic in early November in our vegetable garden. Garden contains peas, kale, and spinach. I have never seen a cricket with such striking colors. I was wondering what type it is and if it is abnormal or a threat to the garden. Thank you for your webpage.
Signature: pat

Restless Bush Cricket

Hi Pat,
It took us a bit of searching, but we eventually found this photo on BugGuide of a Restless Bush Cricket,
 Hapithus agitator, that matches your pretty little guy.  According to BugGuide, they range from:  “Pennsylvania south to Florida and west to central Texas” and “Females sometimes eat the male’s forewings during copulation.”  Your individual is a male, and since he still has his wings, he is likely a virgin. 

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Subject: Super cricket?
Location: Russian River, Northern California
November 5, 2012 2:52 am
Curious as to what type of insect this is;
Body is 1.5 inches, with legs outstretched 4-5 inches. Like a cricket, but lives in a subterranean water well, many of them. Seem to be nocturnal.
Any ideas? Thanks.
Signature: John

Camel Cricket

Hi John,
This is a Camel Cricket or Cave Cricket in the family Rhaphidophoridae.  As your letter supports, they are fond of damp and dark places like basements, caves, and apparently, wells.

Great! Now that we know they don’t bite the kids can saddle up and ride them around the yard! Just kidding…
Thanks very much,

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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
October 19, 2012 7:33 am
Found this in our backyard in the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska. It was in mid-September. I don’t think it is an earwig, because the pointy things on the rear are not curved like pincers. I have a 30-second video I can send, if that would be helpful.
Signature: Tim in Nebraska

Mole Cricket

Dear Tim,
Earwigs are much smaller than this Mole Crickets, a family of subterranean crickets that are found around the world.  They comprise one of our most common identification requests we receive and our armed forces in the Middle East often enlist our assistance when they are encountered.  We have also gotten identification requests from Australia, Slovenia, France and New Jersey.

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