Subject: Orthoptera
Location: South Namibia
November 30, 2014 10:34 am
This big insect (about 6 cm) was dead and injured (in october).
Signature: visitor

Armored Ground Cricket

Armored Ground Cricket

Dear visitor,
This is an Armored Ground Cricket or Armored Bush Cricket, a type of flightless Katydid, most likely in the subfamily Tettigoniinae.  Some South African species are known as Koringkriek.
  We have not been able to locate any images online that look like your individual.  The Little Kulala Lodge website has some individuals pictured.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can give us a more specific identification.

Piotr Naskrecki provides species identification:  Acanthoproctus cervinus
Hi Daniel,
This is Acanthoproctus cervinus (Tettigoniidae: Hetrodinae), a species common in Namibia and the Western part of South Africa.  It is one of the species that defend themselves by squirting blood from their spiracles at the attacker (but are of course harmless).

Ed. NOte:  We found a matching image on FlickR that indicates the common name is Koringkriek.

Location: Namibia

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