So what’s the difference?
Diestrammena asynamora (introduced)
- Smooth – Unlike the spiney native, the Asian cricket has hind tibiae that are missing those long spines (click image to get a closer view).
- Stripey – The Asian Diestrammena has a distinct banded pattern, particularly on its legs.
- Skinny – The non-native cricket is comparatively leaner, more slender, and somewhat smaller in size than Ceuthophilus.
- Spiney – Examine the figures above – You’ll see that the native Ceuthophilus species has large, movable spines on its hind tibiae, quite noticeable to the naked eye (click image to get a closer view).
- Mottled – The native Ceuthophilus appears more mottled in color.
- Meaty – Ceuthophilus generally appears more solid, thick bodied, and meatier than the smaller non-native.
Want to know more?
Check out the more detailed “Cliff Notes” to identifying these little guys.