Predatory bush-cricket

Predatory bush-cricket

Observation - Predatory bush-cricket - Southern Africa. Description: Species found several times in iMpendle Nature Reserve and in conservation corridors in adjacent forestry plantations. It is a predatory bush cricket from the subfamily Saginae that eats other insects, including cicadas and grasshoppers. At the time, we d

Species found several times in iMpendle Nature Reserve and in conservation corridors in adjacent forestry plantations. It is a predatory bush cricket from the subfamily Saginae that eats other insects, including cicadas and grasshoppers. At the time, we did a survey of grasshoppers in these grasslands. Upon catching this guy, we put it into the ziploc bags with the all the other specimens... and severely regretted it, as it promptly started eating our other specimens.
I was taught that you can stun an animal by pressing with your thumb and index finger on its thorax. It works well for butterflies if you don't want them to injure their wings by fluttering around in a ziploc bag. However, no matter how hard I pressed, this guy persisted to eat our samples. Consequently, we named it 'the monster' and only took pictures of it for the rest of the study.