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Parktown Prawn by Elizabeth Kendall

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“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
FEATURED in African Art and Photography
3 November 2013.
FEATURED in AFRIKAANS
7 November 2013.
FEATURED in A Place to start
10 November 2013.
FEATURED in Top Shelf Wildlife
10 November 2013.
FEATURED in Animals of Africa, best of the best
7 January 2014.
FEATURED in Artists Universe
9 January 2014.
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19 January 2014.

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parktown prawn, king cricket, parktown, johannesburg, insect, locust, animal, small

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarkson10 months ago

    Oh my, he is so beautiful Liz! Maybe if you feed him, he will even come when you call! he he! Great capture!

  • Lol!! Who knows? Thanks Maree!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jozi1
    jozi110 months ago

    Awesome,Elizabeth just as i remember them :)

  • Thanks so much Tony!! Great!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • jozi1
    jozi110 months ago

  • Many thanks for the feature, a nice surprise!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarkson10 months ago

    Congratulations on the feature Liz!

  • Thanks Maree, the same to you!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghan10 months ago

    what a fabulous close up of this interesting little creature Liz great catch…and write up

  • Thanks so much Linda, was a surprise to see!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...10 months ago


    5 November 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • David Clarke
    David Clarke10 months ago

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarkson10 months ago

    7 Nov 2013

  • Baie dankie Maree! ’n Heerlikheid!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Evita
    Evita10 months ago

    Wonderful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
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  • Many thanks for the feature Evita!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...10 months ago


    This great work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
    Please view all this week’s features and participate in comments if you want,
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  • Thanks so much for the feature Konstantinos!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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