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Aug 19, 2013 5:00 PM

Monster bug - but what is it?

Hi, I have just found this large insect sat on my front door, it's body is around 3.5 cm long and overall it measures 10cm (including antenae). I live in South West France and although we have a rich mix of insect life (stick insects, praying mantis etc) in the garden, this is a new one for us. Can anyone help me identify it?

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    Aug 19, 2013 9:06 PM (in response to JonB)
    Re: Monster bug - but what is it?

    It is an Ephippigerine bush-cricket, and the relatively short, curved ovipositor rules out Ephippiger, so I conclude that it is a female Uromenus rugosicollis.  They are more often green.

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