Subject: STRANGE PRAWN LIKE INSECT
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
December 11, 2012 3:47 am
Hi Bugman,
Please help, Im so freaked out by these bugs Im finding in our home… I cant even get a decent photo of one because they are constantly on the move – and they are so scary (to me anyway) Im not prepared to take one in my hand!
Ive drawn a pic of what it looks like… I hope this can be of some help.
I live in the Eastern Cape, in South Africa. Ive lived in Kwazulu Natal as well as Johannesburg and Ive never seen anything like this before. Its uglier than a Parktown Prawn!
Signature: Odette

Drawing of what might be a Mole Cricket

Dear Odette,
We suspect you might have encountered Mole Crickets.  They are harmless.  They are found in many parts of the world, including South Africa.  We are including an image of a Mole Cricket from New Jersey with this posting.

Mole Cricket from New Jersey

Hi Daniel!
Thank you so much for your quick response!!!!
I had a look at the pic, and it seems to be very similar except for the long things at the tail end, and the colour, but I’m sure it’s definitely from the same family.
You are a star! Thanks again!

 

Location: Africa

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