Camel Cricket
( Rhaphidophorinae )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Rhaphidophorinae
Common Name:Camel Cricket
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Polyneoptera
Order:Orthoptera
Suborder:Ensifera
Family:Rhaphidophoridae
Subfamily:Rhaphidophorinae
Taxon Code:ORT01524
ITIS TSN#:657521

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
ISMC Garden - Oakland, Melrose District, 5209 Congress Ave, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100101

RECOGNITION
Hump-backed large crickets with long antennae and very long legs. Wingless (and thus unable to chirp) up to about 25 mm long. Able to jump several feet, which can be startling. Light tan to dark brown in color.
Colors
Generally dark brown with dark eyes. Antennae and legs pale brown. In some specimens the cuticle has an oil-on-water like iridescence.

BIOLOGY
Food
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.
Habitat
Most favor cool damp places - caves, rotten logs, under leaves or rocks. Will not reproduce indoors unless they find continuous dark, moist conditions. Species living in perpetual darkness, as deep in caves, may have eyes reduced or missing, and often have long slender limbs.
Distribution
The family Rhaphidophoridae, to which the Rhaphidophorinae belong, are distributed worldwide.

HABITAT
Most favor cool damp places - caves, rotten logs, under leaves or rocks. Will not reproduce indoors unless they find continuous dark, moist conditions. Species living in perpetual darkness, as deep in caves, may have eyes reduced or missing, and often have long slender limbs.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#657521


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