'Nightmarish,' Cannibalistic Cricket Invading Eastern U.S.

September 2, 2014 9:05 PM

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'Nightmarish,' Cannibalistic Cricket Invading Eastern U.S.

A "nightmarish," cannibalistic cricket from Asia is apparently invading homes throughout the eastern United States -- and scientists say there's still a lot we don't know about the spindly-legged creature.

The greenhouse camel cricket (Diestrammena asynamora), which is known for its voracious -- and sometimes cannibalistic -- appetite, has been in the U.S. for many decades; however, the insect was believed to be quite rare outside of commercial greenhouses. Until now, that is.

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