oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - "Haplosterna delagorguei ". (Order Hemiptera)

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Known locally as the Harugwa, this insect is of a dull green colour, changing to a yellow-green in its adult stage, when it reaches an inch in length. The insect is rectangular in shape and has a strong musk-like smell This odour may perhaps be best likened to rancid almonds and is repellant to Europeans; nevertheless, the Natives of the Bikita district prefer the Harugwa to the locust (brown or red), and consider themselves fortunate to be permitted to eat them.

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