Subject:  South African cricket like bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Stuttreheim, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Date: 01/12/2018
Time: 12:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found  this bug cornered by my cats, and by my Jack Russell Terrier when I took the photos
How you want your letter signed:  Dean Sheard

Gnashing Cricket

Dear Dean,
This is one of the Orthopterans (the insect order that includes Crickets) in the family Anostostomatidae, a group that includes Wetas, Parktown Prawns and King Crickets, all common names that we find somewhat confusing when we get identification requests.  We located some images on iSpot that are identified as Gnashing Crickets in the genus
Henicus that look very similar to your insect, and we verified that identification on Minden Pictures where there is a nearly identical image posted by Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, whose authority we trust more than most images posted online.

Gnashing Cricket

Location: Stuttreheim, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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