Subject: Insect from the south of France
Location: South of France, up a mountain, near Grimaud.
July 15, 2014 6:41 am
I came across this funny looking fellow, in the South of France, more specifically up a mountain near Cogolin, Grimaud and St. Tropez. This was two weeks ago, in the start of July.
It must have been around 8 cm long.
It had a slow and secure style of crawling. The thing that threw me off, is this very long and dangerous looking broth it has at the back.
Can you help me identify it?
Signature: Maria Olsson, Denmark
This is a Saddle-Back Bush Cricket in the genus Ephippiger, and according to Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki: “Normally this species is green, but at higher elevations you often find dark-colored forms of this (and other Ephippiger) species.” Though we are uncertain what you mean by “broth”, we understand you are referring to what appears to be a stinger. This is actually an ovipositor, the organ used by the female to lay eggs and it will not harm humans.