Jerusalem Cricket

The Jerusalem Cricket, "Child of the Ground" or "Child of the Earth" is a type of Cricket (Stenopelmatus fuscus). Adults are 30-50mm long, with a humped-back and long antennae. They are wingless and have shiny brown bodies with dark brown bands on abdomen. They eat other insects, plant roots, decaying vegetation, and potato tubers. They are not poisonous and harmless although they may bite if handled roughly.

Jerusalem Crickets live on hill-sides, valley slopes and under rocks from Nebraska to New Mexico & Mexico, north along the pacific coast to Washington and east to Montana.

A photograph of an adult Jerusalem cricket (_Stenopelmatus fuscus_).

A photograph of an adult Jerusalem cricket (Stenopelmatus fuscus).
Photograph by Franco Folini licensed under Creative Commons.

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