|Male above, female below. Click to enlarge.|
"To have a cricket on the hearth, is the luckiest thing in all the world!"
The good luck that Dickens refers to may depend on the kind of cricket we’re talking about. I’m guessing not the ones in the picture, greenhouse camel crickets. I am not squeamish about insects, but one of these things jumped at me recently, causing me to scream and run. They are of Asian origin, and once thought to be established in the US only in the greenhouses from which they get their common name. A recent study revealed that they are actually more common in homes in the eastern US than native camel crickets. Click here to read that study. I saw this pair with many others of their kind in a heated restroom in a local county park. They were just hanging out. Quiet and motionless. Until they jumped.