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10 Stunning African Creepy Crawlers

by Cristina Costea

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Insects – otherwise known as bugs – and creepy crawlers usually have a bad rep all over the world. People don’t like them because they’re strange looking, have more legs on them than they need and some bite and sting like it’s nobody’s business. 

But there are people out there to whom insects and various other creepy crawlers are attractive or intriguing! Whichever group you fall on, we at BookAllSafaris.com are sharing a list of 10 stunningly beautiful African creepy crawlers that are will win over your heart.


10. Devil's Flower Mantis


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Binominal name: Idolomantis diabolica

Habitat: Central and East Africa

This stunning creature is one of the largest species of praying mantis in the world. Its most fantastic feature is its capability of mimicking flowers. Because of this, they’re quite hard to spot in the wild. If you really like this creepy crawler, know that it can be kept as a pet!


9. Plain Tiger Caterpillar


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Binominal name: Danaus chrysippus

Habitat: Throughout Africa

Unrelated to the much larger and well-known mammal species, the plain tiger caterpillar is best known for transforming into the majestic monarch butterfly. But one look at this beautifully colored caterpillar can show that even caterpillars can be impressive!


8. Giant African Fruit Beetle


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Binominal name: Chelorrhina Polyphemus

Habitat: Dense tropical African forests

The giant African fruit beetle isn’t as giant as the name suggests. Actually, an adult female can measure up to 2.1 inches (55 mm) and the male can reach 3.1 inches (80 mm), which for a bug is impressive. As you can see, it easily blends in its habitat, so keep an eye out when you’re on your wildlife African safari.


7. Flower Chafer  


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Binominal name: Smaragdesthes africana

Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa

Few beetles are as cute and stunning as the flower beetle. This bug is so popular that people are actually keeping them as “pets”. They feed on fruits and seem to thrive pretty much all around the sub-Saharan region of Africa.


6. Wasp Spider


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Binominal name: Argiope bruennichi

Habitat: North Africa

The wasp spider may look a lot like a wasp, but its bite is not at all threatening to people. In some areas of Africa, the venom from this spider is actually used as medicine. Feast your eyes of this little guy if you happen to see it on your walking safari, but please don’t try touch it!


5. Rainbow Milkweed Locust


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Image source: Victoria Rivas’ Flikr

Binominal name: Phymateus viridipes

Habitat: Southern, Central and East Africa

This may be one of the most beautiful locusts ever to grace the face of the Earth, but it is poisonous to animals who eat it. Because it feeds on the milkweed plant (which is highly poisonous) and other toxic plants, the locust has also become poisonous. The bright colors are saying just that: stay away, I’m deadly!


4. Rainbow Shield Bug 


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Binominal name: Calidea dregii

Habitat: South Africa

Can you believe that this stunning bug is considered a pest in Africa?! The bugs feed on Jathropha plants, which are used to produce biofuel. Well, alternative fuel is indeed a priority, but this cute piece of rainbow bug needs to also life its life!


3. Smurf Bug


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Binominal name: Eupholus bennetti

Habitat: Rainforests of Papua New Guinea

Smurf madness seems to have reached Africa! Actually, the bug has been a regular in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. Named after famous naturalist George Bennet, the Eupholus benetti’s color is a strong warning to any predators, as the bug is very bitter to taste!


2. Spiny Orb Weaver


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Binominal name: Gasteracantha cancriformis

Habitat: South Africa

No matter how much you hate spiders, I truly hope we can all agree that this is one cute spider. The spiny orb weaver comes in a variety of combinations of colors: red, black, yellow and white. Make sure you snap a photo of this tiny arachnid for the folks at home to admire!


1. Kirby’s Dropwing


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Binominal name: Trithemis kirbyi

Habitat: Throughout Africa

This gorgeous dragonfly is present all throughout the African continent! You’ll be sure to spot it, regardless of your location, whether you’re on a desert adventure or a jungle safari, the Kirby’s dropwing will be at your service! 


*Unless stated otherwise, all photos are taken from Wikipedia 

Keep your eyes peeled when you’re on your next African safari! Who knows? Maybe you’ll meet one of these 10 colorful creepy crawlers! 

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