Subject: Big Bug
Location: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
November 23, 2016 9:02 pm
I found this Big Bug in my bath tub this morning. My son is an avid wildlife enthusiast so we caught it so the other kids could see it before we release it. i would like to know what it is so we can give the kids info about it.
About a week and a half ago we posted an image of a Longicorn from Tanzania that we believe we correctly identified as Acanthophorus (Tithoes) confinis. Upon researching that posting, we found an individual offered for sale on Ebay for $450.00, leading us to speculate this must be a rare species. Your individual is a male, as evidenced by the well developed mandibles.
I think that is exactly what it is. After I caught it and took it to the school for the kids to look at I also posted a picture of it on Simply the Best Bulawayo Notice Board on Facebook and to my surprise about 4 other people said they had also seen them in their homes and yards recently. My specimen will not be gracing Ebay but will be released in the school ground where another one was released a week ago hopefully to go and breed.
We are thrilled to hear you will not be profiting from your discovery. We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.