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Camel Cricket
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Camel Cricket

Order: Orthoptera

Family: Gryllidae

Pest Status: Camel crickets are usually only nuisance pests when they occur in homes.

Appearance: Camel crickets are wingless and have a hump-backed appearance. They have long hind legs and are excellent jumpers.

Life Cycle: Females lay their eggs in the soil. The nymphs hatch from eggs and resemble small, wingless adults. Crickets shed their skins as they grow, molting several times before emerging as winged adults.

Where to Collect: These crickets live in cool, damp areas such as wells, rotten logs, stumps, and hollow trees. They can also occasionally reside in the basements of homes.