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Cave Cricket, Camel Cricket (Ceuthophilus sp.)

Order: Orthoptera (or-THOP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Gryllacrididae
Genus: Ceuthophilus
Species: sp.


2 positives
7 neutrals
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Seaford, Delaware
Ila, Georgia
Bedford, Indiana (2 reports)
Atalissa, Iowa
Casco, Michigan
Ronkonkoma, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Brentwood, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee (3 reports)
Clifton Forge, Virginia
Glasgow, West Virginia

By silverskigh
Thumbnail #1 of Cave Cricket, Camel Cricket (Ceuthophilus sp.) by silverskigh

Member Notes:

Neutral Terry On Aug 10, 2006, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a) wrote:

They're big (for a bug), they sometimes jump TOWARDS you instead of away from you - all in all, they look menacing, but they don't attack or bite.

A former WW-II solider once informed me they're a good source of protein. (I took him at his word, and don't feel the slightest need to test the truth of his statement for myself.) Cave crickets tend to inhabit dark, damp, cool places - like caves (and manmade habitats, such as basements and crawlspaces.)

Neutral Mandi_48 On Apr 4, 2007, Mandi_48 from Glasgow, WV
(Zone 6b) wrote:

We have these crickets living beneath our house. They come up into the house, usually at night, presumably to look for food. We have observed them in all rooms on carpet and on vinyl. We have not observed them eating carpet and do not believe reports that they do so. However, they will eat bits of bread. (My experiment.)

Although it has been reported that they bite, we haven't been bitten after more than three years of living in our current house. We have observed them from 1/4" to somewhat over 1" in length. They are silent, and from our perspective, not a pest. We avoid stepping on them.

I have twice observed females laying eggs on wood surfaces, once on a cabinet door, and once on baseboard. It takes about two days to finish. The eggs did not hatch.

Neutral CincinnatiVicki On May 27, 2007, CincinnatiVicki from Cincinnati, OH wrote:

We started noticing these crickets that looked like they had been expose to radiation last summer. Like the previous comments, we have not noticed any damage caused by them other than the fact that they just bother me being in my attached garage and in my basement. I don't like spraying but I would like for them to be gone. I was just wondering who their natural enemies might be.


Vicki in Cincinnati

Neutral Loess01 On Apr 26, 2008, Loess01 from Atalissa, IA wrote:

These critters do look like they were exposed to radiation!

Our house sits over a crawl space with our well pit adjoining it. Perfect habitat for these guys.

Usually we only see them in our house in the spring and early summer; I don't know if it's all the rain that brings them out or what.

We have two Labrador retrievers that just love to chase these crickets. When they get bored with that they will eat them with no ill effects observed.

These crickets don't make noise and don't seem to hurt anything. As far as we are concerned the only negative is they are pretty high on the creepy scale. No cause for alarm.

Neutral bobaloo11 On Nov 25, 2008, bobaloo11 from Casco, MI wrote:

I too thought that this was some sort of radioactive mutation,
or a hybrid between a large spider and a brown cricket. I have lived in Michigan for almost 50yrs, this is the first year I have seen these. My cat loves to play with them so I save on cat toys. Recently she killed one and I measured one of it's rear "Jumpers" and it was over 1 1/2". Pretty big for an insect around here... I have seen bigger ones though. All I can say is they're fast and seem smart. Don't step on them...very messy!

Neutral okiebuggy On Aug 19, 2009, okiebuggy from Owasso, OK wrote:

In agreeance with everybody else. This insect is repulsive. If you encounter one expect it to jump at you, not jumping away like a normal insect would. They like to hide in a dark corner or nook until you disturb them. Harmless, yet ugly.

Positive Crystal646 On Oct 24, 2009, Crystal646 from Reston, VA wrote:

We have many cave crickets living in our finished (meaning not damp) basement all seasons of the year. I detest spiders and admit they do look like a cross between a spider and a cricket, but I find them not only harmless but quite friendly and kind of fun to watch - they're terrific jumpers!

Neutral mutabalisnut On May 29, 2012, mutabalisnut from Eau Claire, WI wrote:

I get these crickets in the house every Spring/eary summer and they creep me out. I just don't like them. Thier bellies are soft but they have a firm back that will crunch.
Almost lost lunch one day after picking one up in a kleenex and squeezing. I will never do that again.
I don't kill insects of any kind in general, but these crickets hopping around, are an exception.
Sorry. I'm not perfect.

Positive Chaigal On Nov 30, 2012, Chaigal from Walterhill, TN wrote:

Since probably 10-15 years, there have been cave crickets at my home, although there's nothing about this environment that would approximate a 'cave'. I think they are sorta 'cute' in a prehistoric way, with their long legs and floppy style of jumping. It seems they are 'cannibalistic' as well ... if one dies, the 'others' will come and 'clear him away' within a couple of days. Also, I find it's rare that there are spiders in my home with the cave crickets on duty. It's not like there are oodles of them ... in fact it's only rarely that I see one, and often it's at night, but not always.The worst problem I've found is spots they will leave on the floor in a corner where they apparently go to relieve themselves. My adult son has apparently had a traumatic experience with the cave crickets and is seriously afraid of them, but they've never been menacing to me .. in fact I sometimes talk to them and tell them to 'scoot', or to stay out of a particular area. It's a bit surreal, but they seem to 'understand' and respect my wishes! Actually I came here today to see if anyone else had found problems with these crickets ... other than their cartoonish appearance. For sure they are 'high jumpers' and the ones at my place can be expected to hop in any direction when they feel threatened.

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