Speckled Bush-cricket - 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.

Identification difficulty

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.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

Widespread and locally common, probably under-recorded.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map