Camel Cricket Census

Camel Cricket Census

Rob Dunn Lab | Public Science Projects

We received hundreds of entries and a great dataset to shift through and analyze. You can read the first paper resulting from this citizen science study (linked below).

Despite the rapid expansion of the built environment, we know little about the biology of species living in human-constructed habitats. Camel crickets are commonly observed in North American houses and include a range of native taxa as well as the Asian Diestrammena asynamora, a species occasionally reported from houses though considered to be established only in greenhouses. We launched a continental-scale citizen science campaign to better understand the relative distributions and frequency of native and nonnative camel crickets in human homes across North America. Participants contributed survey data about the presence or absence of camel crickets in homes, as well as photographs and specimens of camel crickets allowing us to identify the major genera and/or species in and around houses. Together, these data offer insight into the geographical distribution of camel crickets as a presence in homes, as well as the relative frequency and distribution of native and nonnative camel crickets encountered in houses.

Project Information


Project Publications

Epps MJ, Menninger HL, LaSala N, Dunn RR. (2014). Too big to be noticed: cryptic invasion of Asian camel crickets in North American houses. PeerJ 2:e523.

In the Press

Mysterious Crickets Squat in American Homes

Discover October 30, 2014 – Features the research of Mary Jane Epps et al.

Invasive Spider-Like Cricket Spreads Across East Coast

Time September 3, 2014 – Features the research of Mary Jane Epps et al.