Any ideas what this is? Or more correctly ... was. I fished it out of our swimming pool whilst on vacation last week (August '11) in Southern Spain (Sierra Nevada area - hot, dry and mountainous) ... the body was about 5-6cm excluding the long pointy spike thing sticking out of the rear which was probably close on another 3cm
Having taken your direction I've googled for images of "Saddle-backed Bush Cricket" ... certainly seems close. I've no idea if this is significant, but the legs of the beasty I found were bright green, whereas in the images I've found for the Saddle-backed Bush Cricket the legs always appear to be brown.
In any case, I'm happy to be able to put a name to it, and "something very much like a Saddle-backed Bush Cricket" seems fine to me!