Home | Contact Us | Staff | Feedback | Site Map | Travel Conditions
Daily Times Herald | Carroll, Iowa
Did you know you can purchase photo reprints plus photo merchandise? Click HERE


home : citizen journalism : from carroll to south africa August 20, 2014

From Carroll to South Africa
By Louis O'Tool, Ankeny, IA
A Carroll native establishes an orphanage in Welkom, South Africa for the innocent victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Apocalyptic Cricket

Since Brian & Lois Niehoff moved to the first staff house at The Village in January, we have all had the chance to become up close and personal with some of the creatures of South Africa - the Niehoffs more so than the rest of us. You've seen the pictures of our tortoise, and also of our Mole Snake and the alleged Puff Adder. You may remember our unknown creature guests - the eggs that hatched but

Now, meet the newest member of our family. I'm certain that this is something from the Book of Revelation. Almost everyone here who saw it didn't even know what it was, thinking it was maybe a mutant grasshopper/cricket/spider/thingy. Eventually someone told us it is known as a Corn Cricket. It is about the size of a small tarantula, which is huge for a cricket. The spikes and armor make it look like a creature from your childhood nightmares. We're told it's main defense mechanism is excreting a foul odor which is nearly impossible to remove. I've been telling Amber for nearly 9 years now that I have the same defense mechanism, but she won't buy that it is for defense. Oh, well.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Comments will not appear immediatey as the Daily Times Herald will screen comments to make sure they conform with the standards of a family newspaper. So please make sure that all comments are constructive and not derogatory. Comments may be edited for appropriateness and there may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submissions while the website editor reviews and approves them.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by

• U.S. Highway 30
• News from Lake View
• New Hope
• Motherhood and Parenting
• Mad About Cats & Dogs
• From Carroll to South Africa
• Carroll Public Library
• Carroll County Historical Society
• Carroll County Boy Scouts of America
• A Word from Coon Rapids


Home | Contact Us | News | Sports | Opinion | Obits | Calendar | Classifieds | Advertiser
Daily Times Herald - Copyright 2013
Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved