Your Wild Life researchers ask citizen scientists to report their sightings and share photos of these leggy beasts. To date, their network of keen citizen observers has reported a preponderance of camel crickets in their basements, garages and garden sheds.
Camel crickets get their name because of their slightly humpbacked appearance. Their long legs give them a spider-like appearance. Unlike other crickets, they do not have wings as adults.
Some interesting patterns in cricket distribution have emerged, and the researchers have learned that a Japanese camel cricket is way more common in the US than previously thought. The researchers report that the vast majority of pictures shared with them starred a camel cricket native to Japan, not North America: Diestrammena asynamora.
- PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST: Katlin Mooneyham
- SCIENTIST AFFILIATION: North Carolina State University/ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
- DATES: Ongoing
- PROJECT TYPE: Observation
- COST: Free
- GRADE LEVEL: All Ages
- TIME COMMITMENT: Variable
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