Dark Bush-Cricket (female)

This monster was spotted in the garden yesterday. Not knowing if it was native or not she was carefully captured, photographed and released back into the garden where found. A quick web search revealed it to be a fairly common variety of cricket – Dark Bush-cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera).

The large horn shaped bit at the end of the abdomen is an ovipositor (egg-laying tube).

Dark Bush cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera Dark Bush Cricket (female)

10/11/2010 An interesting fact about Bush-crickets has just been published on the BBC website which you can read by clicking here – "Scientists have found a bushcricket species with testicles that account for up to 14% of its body weight."

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