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Cave Cricket

Cave Cricket, Vancouver Island, BC
Cave Cricket, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Robert Logan

Cave cricket gets its name from the fact that it is often found in caves. Some people call it a camel cricket because of its humpbacked appearance.

There are several species of cave crickets in North America. Most of them belong to the family Rhaphidophoridae. The ones here are Tropidischia Xanthosoma.

Cave crickets are usually large insects. Depending on the species, they can grow to 4.5 cm in length. Their antennae are slender and longer than the body.

These crickets do not have wings, so they cannot fly, and they cannot make the chirping sounds that many other crickets make.

Cave crickets seek out damp locations. Around homes, they can be found in drainpipes and water meter boxes. They often hide under mulch and under piles of leaves. They also hide under sheds if there is a space they can squeeze into.

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