Cricket season

Last year I found a few speckled bush crickets, but this year we’ve been lucky to have two bush cricket species in the garden, and I’ve seen them develop from tiny aphid-sized nymphs to (almost) full size:

Here’s a (very) Speckled Bush Cricket nymph in May
Nymph
and here’s what she’s grown into
Growing up (2)
Meanwhile, the Oak Bush Crickets (a new species to me) started out like this in May
Unspeckled cricket
and have become tree-dwelling aphid-hunting predators – we could do with a few of those!
Growing up (1)

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