Entomology (Study of Bugs)/What is this insect?!

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Mystery insect
Mystery insect  
Last night about 20 of these tiny jumping insects appeared in my bathroom on the floor. We are in north Texas. They have bent legs like a grasshopper and long antennae. What are they?! Where do they come from? How to get rid of them? Thank you!!

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Hi, Jennifer:

Thank you for including the image with your question.

These are "camel crickets," and they are indeed related to grasshoppers, true crickets, and katydids, all in the order Orthoptera.

Not sure how they are getting indoors, but they pose no threat to people, pets, or property.  They are strictly scavengers and opportunistic predators.  Here's more information:

http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/esps/factsheets/household_structural/ca

This reminds me that I need to do a blog post on them because I get a fair number of questions about them.  They are typically found in basements, cellars, old wells, caves, and other damp, dark situations.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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