Thursday, August 20, 2009

Speckled bush cricket

This year seems to be a good one for crickets.  This afternoon I found this female speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) on a leaf of our nasturtiums.  (Much better than Mr Pooter finding a brick in the middle bed of geraniums).

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I wondered if it might be eating the burgeoning population of large white caterpillars, but apparently they are wholly vegetarian.

It is remarkable how difficult it is to see such a large insect.

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