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 Post subject: Insect: Armoured Ground Cricket
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:38 pm 
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Last year May we say millions of them in Kruger. They were in the Satara vicinity. It was a mission to try and ride over as few as possible on the road. They were on a suicide mission. Funnily enough not many came into the camp.

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Willem Pitel saw hordes of these armoured ground crickets on the roads in the Kruger National Park. They did not bother to budge to escape traffic.
When there is a population explosions amongst these crickets, the roads in the park become littered with their corpses and that’s when the survivors abandon their usual feeding on plants and turn cannibalistic.

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 Post subject: Insect: Corn Cricket
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Corn Cricket and most propably Acanthoplus armiventris photographed outside Matambeni bird hide just north of Letaba restcamp (Kruger NP)

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Interseting note in my insect book on its feeding habit:
Feeds on Acacia leaves, but its catholic tastes include stoneplants (Lithops), citrus fruit and Quelea chicks :shock:


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We also had the same problem.
These are armoured crickets, we even saw live ones eating the dead ones that had been run over :shock:


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Armoured Ground Cricket.

Saw millions of them once in the Satara area. Was in May 2003.


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 Post subject: Yet another insect ID needed
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I'm sorry that it has taken 15 years for me to ask this question. On my one and only visit to Kruger Park in 1993 we were driving late in the afternoon on a minor road. We became aware that we were surrounded by a "sea" of large insects walking slowly across the road and surrounding scrub.

Not one of us thought to take a photograph!

These were quite big, about the size of a matchbox and rectangular in body-shape. I can't remember the antler configuration but there was a marked co-movement of opposing pairs of legs giving them a mechanical look. I talked to an entomologist friend when we got back to UK and he suggested a Goliath Cricket.

Can anyone make any suggestions, please?


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 Post subject: Re: Yet another insect ID needed
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Hello and welcome peterhare

You don't mention the time of year of your visit, but to me your sighting sounds suspiciously like Armoured Ground Cricket. They do travel in hordes certain times of the year. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Yet another insect ID needed
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Yes, I think that Jose is spot on!

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 Post subject: Re: Armoured Ground Cricket
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Armoured crickets have a bizarre and striking way to avoid being eaten.

To become unpalatable, the insects squirt toxic blood out of gaps in their body and make themselves sick by throwing up food they've just eaten.
Sometimes the crickets squirted their own blood up to 6cm.

"The blood is pale green and rather acrid smelling. I couldn't bring myself to actually taste it fresh but it leaves an acidy, tobacco-like taste on your fingers if you do not wash it off," he says.

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 Post subject: Re: Armoured Ground Cricket
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I am presuming these are Armoured Ground Crickets seen in Feb this year on the S63.

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 Post subject: Re: Armoured Ground Cricket
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Saw this on the way back from Addo park, took it home to photograph, and returned it later to the gravel road teh next night (same place)

A really spiney one..! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Armoured Ground Cricket
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They are really ugly. :?


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