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Old 07-10-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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I think I may have identified this one on my own, but I'd like to know if I got it right. Sorry for poor quality of the photo--taken with my cell phone.

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Old 07-11-2011, 05:36 AM   #2
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I think I may have identified this one on my own, but I'd like to know if I got it right. Sorry for poor quality of the photo--taken with my cell phone. Diestrammena asynamora:
That seems to be correct; there are some in the genus Ceuthophilus that can have a somewhat similar appearance.
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I had never seen them before moving here. They are kind of cool looking. I only remember seeing the common black crickets since childhood. I'm guessing these cave crickets are not considered rare?

Another question: While doing an internet search for cave crickets, the search engine listed "cave cricket bites" as a suggestion which I would never have considered. Out of curiousity, I clicked on one of the results. Seems they were saying they hated misinformation and seemed to think that they do not tend to bite. I didn't read any further info... I thought I'd ask an expert.

Any thoughts?
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It looks like the same cricket that has invaded a couple of different basements or garages in houses where I have lived (cave-like, indeed), in droves. I never saw them before moving to the Mid-Atlantic.

They come inside toward the end of the summer and stay until the weather gets quite cold. I must watch my step when taking laundry to the cellar. Although I am moderately bug-tolerant and am happy to leave a creature alone if it keeps its end of the bargain by leaving me alone, these crickets have a tendency to jump onto my legs when I have my hands full. This results in my doing a precarious jig down the stairs, juggling a full laundry basket, cursing the crickets all the while. I try to warn them before I begin my descent by loudly saying "Crickets begone!" I believe, however, that they are hard of hearing.
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I had never seen them before moving here. They are kind of cool looking. I only remember seeing the common black crickets since childhood. I'm guessing these cave crickets are not considered rare?

Another question: While doing an internet search for cave crickets, the search engine listed "cave cricket bites" as a suggestion which I would never have considered. Out of curiousity, I clicked on one of the results. Seems they were saying they hated misinformation and seemed to think that they do not tend to bite. I didn't read any further info... I thought I'd ask an expert.

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Any insect with chewing mouthparts is at least theoretically capable of biting, but I am not aware of any reports of cave/camel cricket bites being a problem. I have been in close contact with thousands of these over the years, and never had any of them appear the least bit interested in nibbling on me...
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Any insect with chewing mouthparts is at least theoretically capable of biting, but I am not aware of any reports of cave/camel cricket bites being a problem. I have been in close contact with thousands of these over the years, and never had any of them appear the least bit interested in nibbling on me...
Yes, I understand theoretically they could. ...but I didn't think they were likely to. However, never having been bit by a spider, I used to think that most spiders do not bite...even going so far as to doubt some girl in high school who told me she had a spider bite... even showing me the evidence. Sorry, Sue, for having doubted you.

When we first moved here, there were a lot of them in our basement. They never concerned me (at least not as far as biting was concerned)...and never bothered me either. I just wondered being that "cave cricket bites" showed up as if it were a common search parameter. Thanks for your answer.
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I think they're one of the ickiest creepiest tickly crawly looking roach-like critters of the night awaiting to skitter across ones face in the dark when least expected but what do I know.... Sorry bout that, The ugly little buggers deserve a place here as well as we do.
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I think they're one of the ickiest creepiest tickly crawly looking roach-like critters of the night awaiting to skitter across ones face in the dark when least expected but what do I know.... Sorry bout that, The ugly little buggers deserve a place here as well as we do.
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At times they do resemble a large spider, but when examining their coloration up close, they are kind of attractive.

Glad to see you are so all inclusive.

I hate to squish things too...even Japanese beetles and mosquitoes (but I do).
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I used to gather and feed the rose chafers to the tiger gecko when we had one....Didn't feel guilty non when something else killed them. I don't know what I'll do with them now. No problem with them this year though thank goodness. Maybe because I got rid of quite a few peonies last year.
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