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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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19 July, 2010

Speckled Bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)

This bush-cricket is superbly camouflaged for its life on nettles, brambles and other rough vegetation. The speckles on its body casing enable it to blend in with the shrubby environments it lives in.

This is a common species of bush-cricket here in the south of England but, despite that they are rarely seen because of their preferred habitat is ideal for hiding them.

The best way to at least establish their presence is to listen for their 'song', a very short and feeble scratching sound repeated every few seconds and I have to use a bat detector to track them down as my hearing can no longer detect them.

They are active now and will be right through until the autumn, October certainly, possibly even in to November.