Nsenene

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Nsenene
Ruspolia nitidula male (3788698376).jpg
Nsenene look-alike (Ruspolia nitidula)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Ensifera
Superfamily: Tettigonioidea
Family: Tettigoniidae
Subfamily: Conocephalinae
Tribe: Copiphorini
Genus: Ruspolia
Species: R. differens
Binomial name
Ruspolia differens
(Serville, 1838)
Synonyms
  • Conocephalus albidonervis Redtenbacher, 1891
  • Conocephalus exiguus Stål, 1876
  • Conocephalus lemus Redtenbacher, 1891
  • Conocephalus longipennis Redtenbacher, 1891
  • Conocephalus vicinus Walker, 1869
  • Conocephalus (Homorocoryphus) melanostictus Karny, 1907
  • Homorocoryphus mediotessellatus Karny, 1917

Nsenene is the Luganda name for a long-horned grasshopper (more commonly called bush cricket or katydid) that is a central and south-western Ugandan delicacy as well as an important source of income. The insect is also eaten in neighbouring areas of Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Traditionally in Uganda, nsenene were collected by children and women. They were given to the women’s husbands in return for a new gomasi (a traditional dress for women). Although the women were made to do the treacherous work of collecting nsenene, they were never allowed to eat them. It was believed that women who consume nsenene would bear children with deformed heads like those of a conocephaline bush cricket. Nowadays, nsenene are consumed by most women in the areas where this insect is traditionally eaten.

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