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This little Oak bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum) has been sitting on my bicycle for over a week, clinging to the basket as I’ve been biking around town almost every day πŸ™‚ It’s a small cricket, about 1.5 cm long with very long antennae, usually not found on bicycles but in he foliage of trees (including oaks, where the female lays eggs under the bark).

In America, it’s known as the Drumming katydid, probably because the male drums on leaves with his back legs. (Click here to listen!)

11 responses

  1. Cool critter! πŸ™‚
    In this modern age, it may be prudent to move from bushes to bicycles!

    September 28, 2017 at 9:27 PM

  2. Wow it’s like he was staring at you. Can’t read his expression well but crickets are of course known to be inscrutable. I guess it’s true that EVERYONE rides bikes in Amsterdam. Cool pics!

    September 29, 2017 at 3:31 AM

  3. How lovely to have this little companion with you Camilla. Have you given him a name? πŸ˜€

    September 29, 2017 at 5:19 AM

    • Hi Adrian πŸ™‚ I moved Brian (yes that’s his name) into some bushes yesterday! No more bike rides..

      September 29, 2017 at 3:53 PM

  4. Great photographs, Calee!
    I love those little eyes! πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend.

    September 29, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    • Thanks Lisa! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend you too!

      September 29, 2017 at 9:26 PM

  5. How wonderful to have this little companion, and what a strange noise in the recording. I wonder if they slow down in the fall, with cooler temperatures, hence he hasn’t moved much. Or he just found the right person to hitch with! I’ve heard them deep in the NYC subways – not this kind, but presumably wild crickets.

    October 7, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    • Yes, it’s such a weird sound isn’t it! If I didn’t know, I wouldn’t have guessed it was a katidyd πŸ™‚ I’m no expert but I think they do slow down as it gets colder, the ones I’ve seen recently have seemed less active than during summer.

      October 7, 2017 at 8:42 PM

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