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Camel crickets are also called Cave crickets, some have nicknamed them “sprickets” due to their resemblance to spiders, having long legs and an unusual humped back appearance. Camel crickets have poor eye sight and depend on their very long antenna to find food and harborage. Large hind legs enable these crickets to jump high and far.
- Color: Mottled gray/brown
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Long, humpbacked
- Size: 1/2 – 1 1/2"
- Antennae: Yes, much longer than the body
- Region: All
- Habits: Active at night, feeding on plants, fabrics on lawn furniture, and have even been reported feeding on clothing on a clothesline.
- Habitat: Camel crickets are common inhabitants of crawlspaces, wall voids, basements, sheds, and other areas where humidity is high. Outdoors can be found in wood and stone piles, tall grass and weeds, hollows of trees, holes in the ground, and of course, caves.
- Threats: Damage to clothing, fabric is possible.