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.
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: