Insect: Armoured Ground Cricket

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Insect: Armoured Ground Cricket

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Armoured Ground Cricket

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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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Armoured Ground Cricket.

Saw millions of them once in the Satara area. Was in May 2003.
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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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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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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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I am presuming these are Armoured Ground Crickets seen in Feb this year on the S63.

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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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We have a lot of them ugly critters up here as well, and yes, they do "scream" :lol:
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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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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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It has Shi, full on around Mopani especially. :thumbs_up:
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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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