Subject: Unknown bug
November 20, 2014 5:38 am
I found this bug in Lesvos in the Greek islands last April and would appreciate if you could identify it.
Many thanks for your help. I have been asked to do a talk on Lesvos for my local RSPB group and would appreciate your assistance, regards
Signature: William Smiton
This is a Katydid or Bush Cricket in the family Tettigoniidae, and we quickly identified it on PBase as Poecilimon mytelensis, a species endemic to Lesvos. An endemic species is native to a limited area, and islands that are isolated often have endemic species that have taken their own evolutionary path due to a limited gene pool. The Flora and Fauna of Cyprus site also indicates this species is endemic to Lesvos. The spikelike ovipositor indicates that your individual is a female.