Great Green Bush-cricket - Tettigonia viridissima

Scientific Name:  Tettigonia viridissima (Tettigoniidae).

English Name: Great Green Bush-cricket (Bush-cricket family).

French Name: La Grande Sauterelle verte (='Great Green Grasshopper').

5 Key Characters:
  • the largest Orthoptera (grasshoppers and their relatives) you will see here (5 - 7 cm long from head to wing tips and excluding the long fine antennae).
  • rarely flies although it has large wings.
  • females have 2 cm slightly down curved bladelike ovipositor (just reaching the wing tips in length).
  • 'sings' loudly and is most active in the evening.
  • mostly carnivorous, they can deliver a painful bite if alarmed.
Lookalikes: Other green bush-crickets and coneheads, but none are as big.

Habitat: Trees, shrubs, rough vegetation.

Active Period: Adults are active July to October. They eat a variety of insect larvae including caterpillars and beetle grubs such as those of Colorado Beetle Leptinotarsa decemlineata and can provide significant control of pest species such as this.

Status: Widespread but in strong decline due to modern intensive agriculture and insecticides.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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