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Strange Bug

Bedfordshire England
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Strange Bug

Has anyone any idea what this bug is? :

…photobucket.com/albums/…Bug-Small.jpg

You can judge from the coffee cup that it is about 3-4cm long.

I saw it while we were staying at Ngulia Safari Lodge last month at around 10pm. It looks pretty evil, but no doubt it is loved by a mother somewhere. I have never seen one like this and have no idea if it is worth avoiding in future :-)

South West England...
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for Mombasa, Diani Beach, Kenya
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1. Re: Strange Bug

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder but yuk! Is it a type of cockroach?

Isle of Man, United...
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2. Re: Strange Bug

I would hazard a guess it is some sort of House Cricket.

Those back legs look as though they might make music.

Edited: 11:36 am, April 08, 2012
plymouth england
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3. Re: Strange Bug

Isnt it one of those Cicada noisy devils ....

plymouth england
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4. Re: Strange Bug

on second thought s it looks very similar to a Stags horn Beetle !!

I hope you never squashed it x

Bedfordshire England
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5. Re: Strange Bug

Thanks for the suggestions. I originally thought it might be a Cicada, but most of the ones I have found so far seem to have wings and this one looks decidedly earthbound. Just in case anyone would like to see somewhat more beautiful sights in Kenya as well, I have added a few here to balance the ugly bug.

No - I didn't crush it. As an ex-diver, I always leave such things for others to see again.

…photobucket.com/albums/…

Edited: 12:09 pm, April 08, 2012
Telford, Shropshire
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6. Re: Strange Bug

Fab photos Brian. What camera and lens do you use?

Min xx

Isle of Man, United...
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7. Re: Strange Bug

Not a Cicada and no StagsHorns either.

Tis a Cricket.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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for Barcelona, Newcastle upon Tyne, Bamburi, Mtwapa
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8. Re: Strange Bug

.......an African Armoured Ground Cricket by the look of it

indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/…

South West England...
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9. Re: Strange Bug

"As bugs go, crickets are pretty harmless. Loveable, even.

Except, maybe, for African armoured ground crickets. When attacked, these little buggers vomit and squirt toxic blood through crevices on their backs and under their legs."

Hand me the Doom!

plymouth england
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10. Re: Strange Bug

" when attacked, these little buggers vomit and squirt toxic blood through crevices on their backs and under their legs."

trust me if I was attacked I am sure I would do the same thing !!!!

don`t you dare squirt Doom over them - horrid woman ♥