Citizen Scientists Aid Researchers in Studying Camel Crickets
They may bounce really high and look strange, but don't worry, they are harmless...they even scavenge for crumbs off of your floor! A continental-scale citizen science campaign was launched in order to study the spread and frequency of native and nonnative camel crickets in human homes across North America.
Mary Jane Epps, PhD, an author of the paper, went into more detail about the study and significance of citizen scientists in an interview with Katie-Leigh Corder, web managing editor.
The paper is published in the open-access journal PeerJ: https://peerj.com/articles/523.
Do you think you have camel crickets in your home? Visit Your Wildlife's website to find out how you can participate in this citizen science project!: http://crickets.yourwildlife.org/.