Cave crickets (Euhadenoecus and Hadenoecus s
Given the importance of cave crickets to subsurface ecosystems, the monitoring of their entrance populations over the long-term will provide park managers with an early warning of issues with cave ecosystem health, and contribute significantly toward managing and protecting the cave cricket populations. The network will focus long-term monitoring efforts on determining status and trends of cave cricket entrance population size, life stage, and sex ratio among 15 developed and undeveloped cave entrances at Mammoth Cave National Park during bienial visits. The network will also attempt to determine the potential effects of park management decisions on cave cricket populations within selected developed caves. Finally, the network will look for correlations between cave temperature, relative humidity and air flow trends, surface temperature, relative humidity and precipitation trends.
For more information contact Kurt Helf, Ecologist with the Cumberland Piedmont Network, at (270) 758-2163 or via email.
Last updated: April 17, 2018