Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

RAHEEL MUGHAL: Unknown insect from the UAE

Hi Jon.

How are you? As promised I attach a photograph of the unusual insect seen by my Uncle last July in the UAE. Could you or any of our friends at the CFZ please help to identify it.

Personally, I think it may belong to the Grillidae family of crickets, though I am not sure which species it may belong too. Please help. I look forward to receiving your reply.

Kind regards to all.

Your Buddy,



Tracey Dixon said...

Evanioidea, a parasitoid wasp - ensign or hatchet wasp to give it a commonname. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Evania_appendigaster.jpg is a good example, not necessarily the exact species, but a close cousin at least.

Tracey Dixon said...

An Ensign or Hatchet Wasp to give it a common name. Evanioidea I'd say. Parasitoid probably.