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Corn Cricket

Acanthoplus sp


Large,fat,wingless crickets, the immature stages start out bright green. The ventral surface of the adults is pale yellow with varying amounts of green retained around the base of the legs in some.The dorsal side of the thorax is armoured and bears vicious looking spines which gives the adults a prehistoric look. The eyes and antennae (which are longer than the body) are red which I think is a feature of all 6 Acanthoplus species.


these fellows are in the process of destroying my garden, the general area experiences hot erratically wet summers and mild dry winters, corn crickets are non selective omnivores


Corn crickets are non selective omnivores even munching fresh putty from a newly glazed window. One year I attempted to grow a banana, it was about 1m high when the crickets found it and overnight it was reduced to a hole in the soil where the stem had previously been. They are also well known for their cannibalistic habit when it comes to road kills. I used to really dislike these critters but how can one hate a little chap with such a beguiling face as in photo 5? (This spotting is in Botswana)

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tibiprada 7 years ago

Lovely indeed!

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fantastic!!! Great spotting!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

I can say the same of moths, spiders,etc. I never willfully killed them but was a little careless - now I can't clean half the cob-webs outside without spending hours inspecting them ! - thanks to PN and all the wonderful spottings/information!!

C.Sydes 8 years ago

I used to happily annihilate these prehistoric looking pests, especially in years of plagues of them, now it's my garden that suffers and the crickets survive because they all seem to look straight at me with their little "innocent" faces.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Looks like he's made of chocolate, cream, marzipan and wafer ....very nice spotting, C.Sydes !! It's so interesting to see all these different types of crickets-thanks.

AndreaLim 8 years ago

What an awesome looking cricket Mayra! Great spotting!

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

WOW!!!!!! Fantastic!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Great spotting....

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Awesome series!

Ietermagog 8 years ago

Great pics, especially No 1, & interesting notes

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Nice spot C! Great series!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Great series; especially like the first and last photos!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Amazing series! Looks like they are wearing an armor. Love the red eyes and antennas! Interesting notes about how voracious they are!

keithp2012 8 years ago

They are amazing due to how they thrive to survive

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Central District, Botswana

Spotted on Feb 5, 2013
Submitted on Feb 8, 2013

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