Mystery bug



Anyone know what this is - found on a windowledge in a front garden in Dagenham

Sorry about the picture quality!.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,099

    I think  its probably a shield bug, but the picture is poor. Sorry thats the best I can guess.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    It looks a little slim in the picture,but I would agree.

  • almost certainly - they are shield shaped, so if that sounds right, that's what it is. Harmless to people and negligible damage to plants

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    6 legs

  • Any chance of a better photo? I think it looks too narrow and the legs too long for a shield bug. Are you actually holding the end of the insect?

    I think it more likely to be a green cricket/grasshopper...possibly!


    Is this one any better? Yes I am holding the 'tail' part which curves upwards.



     Nutculet - I do know how many legs it has thanks - 4! With two long, fine antenna.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Insects have 6 legs, what happened to the other 2

  • jeffdjeffd Posts: 61

    Looks like a cricket.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,099

    Try  oedemera nobilis. Green flower beetle.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,099

    I think you're probably right daintiness. Maybe it's lost its back legs. Certainly the turned up tail is the r e.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Looks right to me Daintiness, I wonder how it got up on the window ledge without its back legs

  • Thanks Daintiness - thats it!  Checked with the NHM website and it exactly fits the Southern oak bush-cricket.  When you turn it upside-down you can see where its back legs would have been.

    Thanks again all.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,805

    image Poor unfortunate bush cricket.

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • image

    Hi Ranunculus,

    This was in my conservatory about a month ago. It seems to be a different species to yours. Unfortunately I later found him or her dead. image Perhaps they die in the Autumn.

  • Sorry Pottie Pam I don't look on the forum very often when I haven't anything current going on!

    Yours is similar, I'd say it was a bush-cricket, but they all look so much alike. image

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