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Cricket

Platygryllus sp ?

Description:

greyish immature cricket; body, without appendages,15mm long, the spines on the rear tibia look very pale - perhaps this individual has just moulted which would explain his apparently crumpled wings as well. Adults reach 19mm in length and are dark brown with a pale stripe along the outer edge of the wings.

Habitat:

open sandy vehicle turning area near buildings

Notes:

Another possibility for ID is the Brown Cricket, Acanthogryllus fortipes but this species requires the hind tibia to have 2 rows of heavy, long spines down each rear tibia, perhaps the no. of spines increases with successive moults

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C.Sydes
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C.Sydes

Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 17, 2013
Submitted on Mar 24, 2013

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