Speckled Bush-cricket nymph – Leptophyes punctatissima


Length 9-18 mm. As the name suggests, the green body is covered in tiny black spots, it also has a pale brown stripe down its back. Adult females have a large, upturned, scimitar-shaped appendage at their rear – this is an ovipositor used to deposit eggs.
Found in woodland, hedgerows, scrub and gardens.
When to see it
Adults present from late July or early August until November.
Life History
Herbivorous, feeding on a range of shrubs and other vegetation. Eggs are laid in the bark of trees or shrubs.
UK Status
This is perhaps the commonest Bush-cricket, but most records come from the Midlands and southern England.



One thought on “Speckled Bush-cricket nymph – Leptophyes punctatissima

  1. Hello, I found one of these today and used your page to ID it :). Do you have a facebook page. I do the same as you photograph local bugs and try to ID them?

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