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  1. Broken Things says

    A cave cricket, also known as a camel cricket. They are common in North Carolina, inhabiting crawl spaces and dark, damp areas.

  2. wrpinpnw says

    Insect, order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids), probably a nymph. I don’t recognize it off hand, but my first guess would be something in the katydid branch of the tree. Midtown what? Manhattan?

  3. wrpinpnw says

    Ooh, neat! Always fun to play with a fauna I don’t know. Looks like Broken Things has it: cave / camel cricket, female, probably Diestrammena asynamora (introduced from eastern Asia, probably invasive). It is on the katydid branch, but never mind the bit about nymphs — this group has reduced wings as adults, and this one looks mature.

  4. says

    I asked Esmeralda (a/k/a She Who Knows All Things), and she replied, “Felis cattus toyus.” Everything mouse-sized and smaller, so long as it moves or can be made to move, falls into this category. At least, that’s what she said.

  5. Deacon Phreaque says

    Yup, cricket, though I’m surprised to see that species so far north. Mostly the crickets in NYS are the all-black kind that look like they’re in formal attire.

  6. An Entomologist says

    Yes, it is a cave cricket (Rhaphidophoridae, not the same family as “normal” crickets). I am an entomology professor at a public university–I get a regular number of calls that start, “OMG I have this bug in my house, WHAT IS IT?? Will it bite me/kill me/eat my children??” Surprisingly, about 50% of them refer to these harmless things for reasons I never really understood. Another 25% are house centipedes. And then there is the delusional parasitosis crowd…

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