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Subject: Cricket insect
Location: Near Loskopdam, Mpumalanga, South Africa
January 7, 2014 9:57 am
What is this crickets name. We saw it one summer night on my fathers farm near Loskopdam, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The cricket can jump and fly and has holes in the grass where it lives during the day. The cricket is more or less 3 to 5cm long.
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Cricket

Raaskriek

We believe this is a Cricket in the family Gryllidae based on comparisons between your individual and this image on ISpot, a website devoted to sharing photos of nature in South Africa.  We would urge you to post your images there as well if you would like a more specific identification or a correction.  The colors and markings on your individual seem unique and distinctive, and our attempts to find any similar looking Crickets online did not prove fruitful.  Your attachments were named “Kriek” and we are wondering if that is a local word for Cricket.

Update:  November 24, 2014
We just posted a new image that we have identified as a Giant Burrowing Cricket or Raaskriek in the genus Brachytrupes thanks to iSpot and this critter looks the same.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Loskopdam, Mpumalanga, South Africa

One Response to Cricket from South Africa is Raaskriek

  1. Stephen says:

    That same cricket is popular even in uganda.
    It has no harm only that it defends it’s self by beating and kicking using behind legs.
    It’s eaten by children in Uganda

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