Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | August 1, 2013

The Star of Moth night – a Cricket?

While we did see several interesting moths, the star of the show was a Giant Cave Cricket (and later, we discovered his friends in a patch of ivy.)
Some of us never knew such a creature existed, and were both delighted and horrified to observe such a creature.

This enormous Cave Cricket stole the show at Moth Night.

This enormous Cave Cricket stole the show at Moth Night.

Also known as camel crickets, spider crickets, and humpback crickets, these 1.5 inch creatures, are very different from your average field cricket, and, (as their name indicates) are often found in caves . Unfortunately, in suburbia, they are found in places that are dark and moist, like basements, much to the dismay of home owners.

Cave Cricket with pen tip for size reference

Cave Cricket with pen tip for size reference

They enjoy a diet of dead bugs, mushrooms, animal droppings and berries, leaves, paper, and other decaying organic matter, and are excellent jumpers, as Rob discovered. Powered by enormous legs, they jump toward predators when confronted. Given their inability to bite or sting, this serves as their defense mechanism. And if you are not expecting it, can be a terrifying experience!

The Cave Cricket should serve as the mascot of the evening, because it just goes to show there is so much to be discovered, especially when you explore creatures of the night!

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Special thanks to Jim Wright, Patty Finn and the Fell House for a really fun evening filled with surprises!

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