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Aug 23, 2013 10:59 PM

A Green Cricket with Red Eyes. I.D. please

In my garden these often appear after dark and I have never been able to photograph one before. They are accomplished jumpers when disturbed.

 

Although not visible in this photo , it appeared to have no problem in delicately negotiating a spider`s web and stopping every now and then to eat whatever it found.

 

I`d love to know more about this strange but beautiful looking creature.

 

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    Aug 24, 2013 6:40 AM (in response to Gargoyle)
    Re: A Green Cricket with Red Eyes. I.D. please

    Ray,

     

    It is a female bush cricket:

    - female because of the ovipositor

    - bush cricket rather than grasshopper because of the long slender antennae (rather than short stubby)

     

    If I am seeing your photo correctly, this is one of the two oak bush crickets (Meconema spp.).

    These two species have a yellow line along the middle of their back, and I can't quite tell if I am seeing that, or whether that's a reflection of your camera's flash light (like on its legs); I suspect it is not the flash reflection.

     

    The two species are:

    - oak bush cricket, Meconema thalassinum

    - southern oak bush cricket, Meconema meridionale

     

    To tell which species it is, see the guidance on these pages (especially the size):

    - http://www.orthoptera.org.uk/account.aspx?ID=8

    - http://www.orthoptera.org.uk/account.aspx?ID=9

     

    Plenty of other refs, eg:

    - http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/species-of-the-day/evolution/meconema-meridionale/

    - http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/oak-bush-cricket

     

    If you find more green bush crickets, note:

    - speckled bush cricket is another common one

    - late-stage nymphs can add to the confusion (looking a bit different from the adults they become)

     

    Mike

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    Aug 28, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to Gargoyle)
    Re: A Green Cricket with Red Eyes. I.D. please

    I'm sorry to say I think the "corrrect" answer is in this case incorrect.  From the size of the ovipositor, this bush-cricket has to be either adult or a final instar nymph.  If it were a nymph of the common Oak Bush-cricket it would have large roughly triangular wing pads, which are clearly not present here.  Indeed, if you look carefully, you should be able to discern faintly just behind the two brownish marks on the pronotum the outline of two very small roughly oval, scale-like wings. This is typical of an adult Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale.  It's very likely that both species occur together in the garden.

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