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Small black cricket, well appears black at first and then if you look closely you can see that he is a sort of mottle dark grey to black, legs are all variations of striped, back legs have large sections of quite navy blue, Eyes are large and black, antennae are very short and lightly coloured. body is <2cm long only.
Seen in long grasses and ground foliage in an unused picnic site in Katavi national park. Lots of thick foliage ground cover plants beneath taller woodland trees, acacias and palms.
This picnic site where we stopped at not been used a long time, all the paths were fully overgrown and these long tall grasses and large soft leaved plants were grown to about knee height like a field... we stopped only a few minutes.. but I swear I saw 30% of all my sightings in katavi in those few minutes.. if I could have stayed in that place a few hours... there were hundreds of different species, all over, it was amazing. You take a picture of one and in the corner of your eye you see another, and then one crawls on you, and one crawls out the corner of your eye and two fly past... it was awesome. Katavi National Park is a very healthy place, I am not sure about the larger mammals, which there were also plenty, but the bugs and the birds... wow.
Spotted on Jan 2, 2016
Submitted on Jan 16, 2016