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Balkan Predatory Bush-cricket - Saga natoliae Maybe the biggest european insect,  including the ovipositor. This one was about 9 cm - body only. The ovipositor was about 4 cm. Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Balkan predatory bush-cricket,Bulgaria,Bush cricket,Europe,Geotagged,Insect,Insecta,Katydid,Long-horned grasshopper,Nature,Orthoptera,Rhodope mountains,Saga natoliae,Spring,Tettigoniidae,Wildlife Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. Wow! What a clear shot! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you, Lisa! Posted 4 years ago
  2. Looks like a machine of war! And superb shot! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Indeed. She was moving in a way similar to that of a chameleon - stepping forward, shaking slowly up and down and back and forth. Very interesting.
      Three other Saga sps. are reported in Bulgaria - S.pedo, S.campbelli and in the past S.hellenica.
      Posted 4 years ago

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It is the largest species of European Saga and more generally the largest European insect, if we take into account the ovipositor. Males measure from 52 mm to 82 mm and females measure from 60 mm to 89 mm, to which the ovipositor must be added from about 30 mm to 45 mm. S. natoliae is green or brown with usually a reddish-brown head. In the brown form, the coxa, trochanter, and femur of the first two pairs of legs are usually black. Like most other species of the genus, it is a relatively fine animal... more

Similar species: Grasshoppers And Crickets
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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Uploaded Jun 12, 2018. Captured Jun 8, 2018 18:48 in Unnamed Road, 6830 Gurgulitsa, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/125s
  • ISO320
  • 100mm