Thursday, 13 September 2012

Speckled Bush-cricket

Speckled Bush-cricket, Leptophyes punctatissima, ovipositing.  Near the top edge of the woods in Spring Park on 4 September 2012.  TQ 38094 64966.
Speckled Bush-cricket, Leptophyes punctatissima, ovipositing.  Spring Park, 4 September 2012.
Ishpi and I were out in Spring Park woods with Ishpi's moth trap.  Ishpi has the sensible habit of casting around every now and then with a torch, checking trees to see what might be on them, and she spotted this.

It's a female Speckled Bush-cricket.  What looks like a massive stinger on her rear end is an ovipositor, used by the insect to lay her eggs under the tough bark of an oak tree.  This can't be easy.  Oak bark is thick and tough, and this Bush-cricket has found a weak spot.

You are not likely to see this behaviour unless you are in the woods at night with a torch, looking carefully at tree-trunks, so not many people do see it.

A similar British  insect, the Oak Bush-cricket, can also be found in North America, where it is called the Drumming Katydid. 

1 comment:

  1. As you know, that is a most wonderful photograph!