Photographed this curious specimen in Rhodes a couple of days ago. It doesn't seem able to fly and was getting about by climbing to high spots and then simply leaping off, to get to it's next point of interest. It was the largest cricket I've ever seen and looked completely alien to me - although I know virtually nothing about crickets, except that there are many of them.
Anyway, I'd say that it was about 4 inches long and if you could identify it for me, that would be great.
I've attached a couple of photos. One quite detailed close up and one, next to my wife's size 3 foot, to give you some idea of scale. I have more photos if needed.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks Steve. That looks spot on and the behaviour exactly matches my extremely limited observations. She truly was impressive and my wife and I feel pretty lucky to have encountered her.
Did you happen to recognise the species straight away or do you have a particular method of trying to track down a species?
I'd like to get better at identifying the many subjects I photograph, while abroad and any guidance would be much appreciated.
I have a couple of interesting spiders I'd like to identify too.
Shall I just upload them to the same area?
Sorry for all the questions. I am brand new to this, as of yesterday!
I should have said welcome before
I am not to good on species but most insect Genus after that its down to where it was seen and physical appearence, often its just one or two characteristics in your case it was the black face then I dive into my collection of books and try and check on google images ( you did not see my first reply I got it wrong and had to do a quick edit before embarressing myself)
My real interest is Butterflies but I see many other things on my walks, I also have lived in France for the last 19 years and see many European species not seen in the UK
As for spider species I am useless but stick them up there are better people than I here