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Crickets Grasshoppers and Katydids: Orthoptera - Greenhouse Camel Cricket (tachycines Asynamorus): Species Accounts

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Physical characteristics: The wingless bodies of greenhouse camel crickets are yellow-brown, spotted, and measure 0.5 to 0.7 inches (13 to 19 millimeters) in length. The legs and antennae are long and slender, giving them the appearance of a long-legged spider. They are very quick and capable of jumping long distances. Females have a long swordlike ovipositor.


Geographic range: Originally from the Far East (probably China), they are now found throughout the world, except in the polar regions.


Habitat: Wild populations once lived in caves, but now most are found in greenhouses and in homes in warm, humid cellars and basements.


Diet: They are omnivorous, feeding on a variety of plant and animal foods, including other insects and plants.

Greenhouse camel crickets are only active at night and spend their days hidden in crevices and under large objects. They are always found in groups. (Arthur V. Evans. Reproduced by permission.)

Behavior and reproduction: They are active only at night and spend their days hidden in crevices and under large objects. They are always found in groups.

Females lay their eggs in soil. When the larvae hatch they will join groups of older individuals.


Greenhouse camel crickets and people: They are sometimes a pest in greenhouses, eating young plants. They are a nuisance to people because they are quick, jump unpredictably, and resemble spiders.


Conservation status: This species is not endangered or threatened. ∎

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over 8 years ago

So I noticed a mysterious bug crawling across my bedroom floor (1st/ground floor of the home) at 3:00 a.m. which I immediately mistook for a ***COCKROACH***. I've never seen a cockroach in my home before, but many times elsewhere. So I threw my shoe at it and knocked it nearly dead. I scooped it up and did some research and discovered it's a camel spotted cricket! But at a glance, they really do look like a brand of cockroach. Poor girl (she has the sword-like egg-layer). Maybe I slew my conscience...

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almost 9 years ago

When I first saw these guys in my basement I thought they were aliens. I felt like we were in a constant fued over territory. Their behaviors are sparatic, it seems like they stare. But, I don't know if they have eyes. I found a dead baby cricket in the basement and soon after there was one crossing the territory lines, to the second floor. I had to suck it up in the vacuum. We haven't had a quarrel for a while now.