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Parktown Prawn

Greeting Cards & Postcards

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

Sizing Information

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4" x 6" 5" x 7.5" 4" x 6"


  • 300gsm card with a satin finish
  • Supplied with envelopes
  • Optional cellophane sleeves, ideal for reselling
  • Discount of 30% on every order of 8+ cards


Artist's Description

“Parktown prawn” is an ironic common name for Libanasidus vittatus, a species of king cricket endemic to Southern Africa. It is effectively unrelated to the prawns, Libanasidus being a genus in the order Orthoptera, which includes the crickets, locusts and similar animals. The king crickets are not really crickets either, but members of the family Anostostomatidae, whereas true crickets are in the family Gryllidae. The insect gets its English name from the suburb of Parktown in Johannesburg, South Africa where they are common. In Angola, it is found in the southern savanna and semi-arid regions, whereas in Namibia it is found throughout the territory. The Parktown prawn is related to the New Zealand tree wetas, which also are members of the family Anostostomatidae. The Parktown prawn is held in low regard by many householders, but gardeners value them for controlling garden snail populations and attracting the Hadeda Ibis. The animal is omnivorous, with a diet that includes snails, other invertebrates, and vegetable matter. In urban environments, they will readily take food made available by suburban dwellers, including cat food and dog food and their droppings. Wikipedia
I saw this one in my garden in Gauteng, South Africa.
Photography: Random
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
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