A garden rarity - Southern Oak Bush-cricket, 8 July 2022

Southern Oak Bush-cricket was first seen in the UK in 2001 and is gradually spreading. There are still only very few Norfolk records so I was somewhat chuffed to find one in our back garden in Pulham Market on Friday afternoon!

Easily identifiable from the common Oak Bush-cricket by the lack of wings (actually they are present but just as small stubs) I managed a few less than perfect shots before it hopped away.

Also around the garden our Stone Parsley is having another good year and a quick bug hunt revealed Small Dusty Wave moth, a brief visit from a Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Eurasian Running Crab Spider, Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle and False Oil Beetle.

                                                                                                                       Southern Oak Bush-cricket
                                                                                                                  Eurasian Running Crab Spider
                                                                                                                        Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle


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