Entomology (Study of Bugs)/unidentified bug


My daughter is in the process of purchasing a house and sent me a picture of a bug that was dead on the carpet.  She said it was about grasshopper size.  I have tried to find a picture of it and figure out what it is.  Have never seen anything like it.

Dear Tenice - This is a relative of grasshoppers known as a cave cricket or camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). They usually are found in relatively dark and damp/humid environments, such as caves, basements, under logs, etc. They basically are scavengers, and sometimes can be nuisance pests when they occur indoors, but do not appear to do any real damage. Some people call them 'sprickets' because of a fancied resemblance to a cross between a spider and a cricket. See http://tinyurl.com/bgn7ryo for more detailed information.
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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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