As per a new research by North Carolina, it has been revealed that the population of camel cricket across Eastern United States has outnumbered the Asian variety. Also, it has been stated by the study, that the human population in United States has been outnumbered by these insects.
The author of this study, Jane Apps, who is a post doctoral researcher at NC State said that these crickets don’t pose any threat to the humans. Although the impact of these species on local ecosystems isn’t known, there was a possibility of native camel cricket species being driven out in homes.
Camel crickets are also termed as cave crickets or spider crickets “Sprickets’. They have long hind legs and arched back. This invasive species of Camel cricket from Asia is known as Diestrammena Asynamora. A banded pattern is found on the legs and it is more slender in comparison to the American counterpart. Greenhouse camel cricket was the nickname given to the species as scientists thought that they were rarely found outside greenhouses.
For the purpose of this study, researchers had to first determine how common the types of camel crickets are. So, physical specimens as well as photos of camel crickets living in US homes or around them were solicited. In just 2 days, 50 individual D. asynamora crickets were caught and that too in single yard in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Taking this into consideration, a rough estimation was made by the scientists that there might be around 700 million camel crickets of all the species around homes across Eastern U.S. These camel crickets can eat human feces, dead fire ants, fallen fruits, cheese and anything under the sun.