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Insect: Armoured Ground Cricket

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Re: Armoured Ground Cricket

Unread post by david » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:43 pm

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Re: Armoured Ground Cricket

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:45 pm

david such a great pic!!


I also saw thousands of htem crossing the road between Shingwedzi and Pafuri with the Eastern & Western Red Footed Kestrels feasting on them. Also in the Kalalhari in huge numbers and there are plenty in the fynbos.
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Re: Armoured Ground Cricket

Unread post by Mgulube » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:06 pm

We have a lot of them ugly critters up here as well, and yes, they do "scream" :lol:
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Re: Insect: Armoured Ground Cricket

Unread post by Mafuta B » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:58 pm

Hi Guys

Here is a good One I took somewhere between Punda and Shingwedzi... I cannot say exactly where.
I think its the same thing...

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It was massive! I would guess with its legspan included about the size of a large teacup saucer.
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King Cricket Invasion!

Unread post by Shi » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:29 pm

Nope not the Skukuza cricket.... a bit further North :tongue:

Does anybody know if the annual King Cricket invasion has started in Kruger yet??
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Re: Cricket Invasion

Unread post by Scipio » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:31 pm

It has Shi, full on around Mopani especially. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Cricket Invasion

Unread post by Scipio » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:34 pm

Some ugly big mothers. :big_eyes:

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Re: Cricket Invasion

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:48 pm

I havn't heard of this King Cricket invasion :redface:
Where does it start? And when does it start? And when will it end? :shock:
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Re: Cricket Invasion

Unread post by Shi » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:00 pm

:funny: Cheetahkie for as long as I can recall the king crickets come out in droves in the Northern section of the park up to Tshokwane sometime betwwen mid- march and end April..... There are literally thousands of them :big_eyes: I am not sure why but have never really seen them in the southern part :hmz:
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Re: Cricket Invasion

Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:57 pm

We experienced this first hand one year. I will have to look at our pics to see exactly when it was, but I think April.

It was an amazing experience. The roads are literately covered with these guys, it is impossible not to drive over them. Unless the year we were there was a particularly bad invasion. And it goes on for many, many kilos. Satara and Letaba area.

We expected the camps to be overrun with these guys, but they were not. We were camping; and at Letaba only had one old crippled one come limping past our site. Think we also saw a couple in the camping area at Satara.
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Re: Cricket Invasion

Unread post by Elsa » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:39 pm

I think it was 2 years ago and we saw them also literally in their thousands on the S63 tar road towards the Pafuri Border Gate.
This year we only saw 1 or 2 individual ones here and there but all up North.
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