Sometimes crickets make their way into the basement. This one, a model that I’ve always known as a Jerusalem Cricket(*) evidently lost a pitched battle with one of the Dust Bunnies guarding the Basement Laboratory:
A rear view:
From the front:
I deported it to the flower garden outside the basement door, where I hope it can brush off the Bunny’s entrapments…
It may not be a Jerusalem Cricket, because they’re more common out west, but that’s the best match in our bug books and that’s what we’ve always called them.
[Update: (*) It’s most likely a Cave Cricket. See the comments for details.]
3 thoughts on “Jerusalem Cricket vs. Dust Bunny”
Folks around here seem to call ’em “cave crickets”. They’re common in basements, along with the more ordinary plain black ones.
That’s a much better match than “Jerusalem cricket”: we’ve been wrong all these decades!
We get camel crickets around here but I haven’t noticed any yet this year. According to Wikipedia, they are in the same family as cave crickets, but they are rather, um, translucent compared to the one you have pictured.
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