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.

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