Camel Cricket–alive and kicking!
October 26, 2009
My cat was harassing this cool bug as it tried to hide out under our baseboard radiator. (We had a Western Conifer Seed Bug in the same area the other day–I think they come in through the track of the sliding door nearby.) At first I thought it was a regular cricket. When I went to rescue it, I found that it something else entirely. I caught it under a glass, snapped a few pictures, and then tossed it back outside into the cool and rainy evening.
The more I looked at this bug, the cooler it seemed to be. I guess it’s a female based on those three huge prongs on her back end. Such a great and complex face! So many little barbs and stickers! Amazing three-toed feet! She was pretty cooperative with the photo session–she mostly held still, except she groomed her long antennae using her paddle-like facial appendages (are those called palps?).
Setauket, NY (North Shore of Long Island)
Since we recently posted an image of dead Camel Crickets caught in a sticky trap, your photo is much more welcomed. We believe the mouthpart to which you refer is the maxillary palpus or feeler. Seems she is covered in hair and dust and needs to do a bit of grooming.