|Hemp, C: Bushcrickets or Katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigonioidea), Locusts and grasshoppers (Orthoptera, Caelifera), Insects and allies of the Kakamega Forest National Reserve. A Field Guide for tourists and naturalists, BIOTA (2015) [Link]|
With an area of about 240 km², Kakamega Forest is the last large less fragmented rainforest ecosystem in Kenya. Located in Western Kenya about 40 km northeast of Kisumu along the northeastern rim of Lake Victoria basin it is inhabited by a large number of animal and plant species, which are absent or only very rarely found in other areas of Eastern Africa. Some endemics occur only in Kakamega Forest. Kakamega Forest National Reserve is a 44 km² reserve divided into several parts: Kisere National Reserve and Kakamega National Reserve (Buyangu area) in the north, Isecheno Forest Station Nature Reserve and Yala River Nature Reserve in the south. This guide contains a selection of interesting, colourful and eye-catching insects, spiders, and other arthropod species. With more than 900 photographs of living specimens in their natural habitats, it should be possible to identify many of the observed insects. May this booklet pique the reader’s curiosity for Kakamega Forest’s miracle of nature. Have a good stay and enjoy the beauty of the rainforest’s insects.