Possible grasshopper
July 19, 2009
Dear WTB,
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!
Jackie M.
Flemington, NJ

Cave Cricket

Cave Cricket

Hi Jackie,
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.

One Response to Cave Cricket

  1. Erin Neffke says:

    Absolutely disgusting …….. I lived in a condo that did not have a basement near a wetlands and had the pleasure (not) of finding these things crawling around in my bathroom / kitchen /living room and bedroom . Also found in my laundry basket on occasion ……… yuck yuck and yuck jump vertifcal at you when try to kill !

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