CAVE OR CAMEL CRICKET

ORDER ORTHOPTERA - FAMILY GRYLLACRIDIDAE- SUB-FAMILY RHAPHIDOPHORINAE- GENUS CEUTHOPHILUS

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Description: Cave or Camel Crickets belong to the Subfamily Rhaphidophorinae of which the most common genera is Ceuthophilus. These crickets are wingless with a hump shaped body, hence the name Camel Cricket, and have long thick hind femora (primary segment of the the rear leg). The body of this particular specimen was slightly less than 20 mm in length.

Habitat: These Crickets are found in caves, basements, under rocks and logs, as well as other moist and dark habitats.

Specimen was found dead in the basement of my Uncle Larry's house in Staunton, VA over the Thanksgiving holiday 2002.

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