Before I start, I’d like to state that I had nothing to do with the missing back leg on this cricket. Sometimes I think these guys are too jumpy for their own good. On numerous occasions I’ve seen these things hurl themselves at the wall with amazing speed just to get away only to hurt themselves in the process.
The most interesting characteristic of this cricket is the long legs and long antennae. This is due to the fact that they are active at night, and even live deep within caves, so they rely heavily on their sense of touch.They are also know to cannibalize themselves (by eating their own legs) in order to avoid starvation in times when food isn’t plentiful. Hmmm… maybe that’s where the leg went.