Sitting on top of the obelisk in the garden as I was weeding was a beautiful emerald cricket.
Looking at identification guides I think this is the speckled bush cricket.
The speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) is completely flightless and has vestigial wings. It has a weak song and is found in vegetation.
Their eggs are laid in tree bark or plant stems, females have a sabre shaped ovipositor.They eat leaves and flowers.
Crickets belong to a group of insects called the Orthoptera. There are four families in this group:-
- Ground hoppers
- Bush crickets
- True crickets