Subject: Strange bug in Kenya
Location: Machakos, Kenya
May 4, 2013 6:32 pm
During a trip near Machakos, Kenya this bug joined me in my sleeping bag. Even the locals didn’t know what it was. The Kenyan coin in the picture is larger than a quarter but not quite as large as a half dollar coin. If you have any clue what this bug is I would love to know!
After doing some further research myself I think this is some kind of armored ground cricket but I have no idea what type.
We believe this might be an Armoured Bush Cricket in the subfamily Hetrodinae. There is a very similar looking insect pictured on a stamp from Kenya that is reproduced on the Insect Stamps of Kenya page. Encyclopedia of Life has another member of the family that does not look like your individual. The Koringkriek pictured on ISpot also looks quite similar. We also have a photo of a Koringkriek in our archive. We will attempt to contact Piotr Naskrecki, a Katydid expert, to see if he can provide a species name.
Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification
This is Eugasteroides loricatus (Hetrodinae), a species common in East Africa.