We found this female great green bush-cricket at Sandwich as we were walking along a concrete path towards a bird hide. Fortunately we noticed her before treading on her! After a few photographs had been taken I picked her up for a better view – and what a beauty! I then carefully placed her back in the vegetation that was growing by the path out of harms way. I thought this was the best thing to do.
After about 10 minutes or so we walked back along the path. There she was again, on the concrete path. Then we noticed she was laying eggs in a crack in the concrete! If you watch Sue’s video carefully you will see that the bush-cricket inserted at least two eggs while we watched. They may not hatch until spring 2017!
So the bush cricket wanted to be on the path. I was viewing her requirements from my perspective. My “conservation” efforts were neither needed nor wanted.
Thanks to Sally for the photograph and Sue for the video.