Saturday, 17 September 2011

A visitor to the obs

Just found this in the obs garden. I presume some kind of escaped locust? It's about 6cm long.


mike N. said...

Looks like a Speckled Bush Cricket

Peter Alfrey said...

Hi Mike,
Graham sent the pic to an expert who says that the vestigal wings strongly suggests it is something that is an escape- probably bred for reptile food.
I did have an Oak Bush Cricket recently.

Peter Alfrey said...

Quote from Richard (specialist on this matter):
I think it was an Egyptian Short-horned Grasshopper which does have vestigial wings until it becomes macropterous when it's known as the migratory locust.