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The bite
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Spider or bug
Spider or bug  
Recently I saw this insect in my basement and when I approached it
It jumped straight into the air
Then recently I saw one in my bedroom and went to dispose of it but it got away and the next morning I got this bite
I thought it was a jumping spider but I only see 6 legs and it has antenna
Can you help to identify

Dear Mike - Your critter is a harmless orthopteran insect in the family Rhaphidophoridae - see for detailed information. Commonly known as cave crickets or camel crickets, they usually are found in dark, damp places such as caves or basements. Some people also call then 'sprickets' because they seem to resemble a cross between a spider and a cricket. It would not be responsible for your 'bite' (there are several other causes for skin lesions that may resemble insect/spider bites).

Hope this helps,

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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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