Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them --A. A. Milne
Camel Cricket (Rhaphidoophoridae)
So that’s what this is Daniel! I would call it the Armadillo Cricket because it has quite the shell! But now I know, Camel Cricket. Thanks! PS I have yet to see a living Armadillo...but I've seen plenty of dead ones on 431!
Hi Eve- my son Sebastian once wanted to catch an Armadillo- what kid wouldn't want to catch such a prehistoric looking animal? A few years ago- when he would have been about 8- he almost did catch one. Fortunately, he wasn't successful- Armadillos have gigantic digging claws- they could easily inflict a deadly cut if picked up. Their normal means of defense, however, is jumping- as in jumping 2 to 3 feet straight up into the air. They do that with cars too- and lose that battle. When the Armadillo jumped- it startled him- and by the time he worked up his courage to try and catch it again- he couldn't find it. Armadillos are also one of the few animals that can carry leprosy. You don't won't one to get in your yard- they will destroy your flower gardens!
Okay, remember how much I hate ticks? Well...I despise these crickets just as much. Just opening your post was brave of me, really. It's a looooonggg sordid story involving an old refrigerator, Halloween night, and a duplex. Best told after a libation or two. They completely gross me out. Um, lovely photo though. I had no clue armadillos jumped up - how on earth? They're like possums on the half shell, and they do wreck a garden.
Hi Debi, well, I'm not fond of this little cricket either. The one featured in the photo- the very one- woke me up by crawling across me while I was sleeping- so naturally- I think Brown Recluse spider when I feel it. I slowly got up and turned on the lights- and saw this cricket in my bed. So I caught it and put it in a container and then went back to bed. I took this photo the next day and then let him go outside. I would love to hear your "cricket" story sometime! :)
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