Subject: Beautiful cricket of some type.
November 10, 2012 11:39 am
Found in Delaware, mid Atlantic in early November in our vegetable garden. Garden contains peas, kale, and spinach. I have never seen a cricket with such striking colors. I was wondering what type it is and if it is abnormal or a threat to the garden. Thank you for your webpage.
It took us a bit of searching, but we eventually found this photo on BugGuide of a Restless Bush Cricket, Hapithus agitator, that matches your pretty little guy. According to BugGuide, they range from: “Pennsylvania south to Florida and west to central Texas” and “Females sometimes eat the male’s forewings during copulation.” Your individual is a male, and since he still has his wings, he is likely a virgin.