But I ain't here to talk about some boring Middle-England village green pastime, I am here to show you photos of a visitor to our living room last night.
We have been having a bit of a Hitzewelle in Berlin these past few weeks, with temperatures in the high twenties and thirty plus, so to cool off on an evening we have had the patio door from the living room to the terrace wide open. That and because poor Cassie (our aged cat) is just about blind and if she tries to get out into the garden and the door isn't open she bumps her head against the glass. With the lights on in the lounge, this tends to attract a large amount of insects, especially moths. Sometimes though we get more exotic visitors, like this strange lady:
In German, they are called Grüne Heupferd (green hay horse) or Grüne Laubheuschrecke (green foliage hay shocker!). Note that a Schreck is variously a shock, fear, scariness and terror, so the Green Shrek in the film series is aptly named.
Bush crickets are common across Europe, but it's not often you get them in your Wohnzimmer. This one is about 2 inches long so we soon knew about her when she flew in. Bush crickets might be a bit scary-looking (schrecklich), but they are harmless, and I picked her up without fear and released her back into the night.
My partner has a professional photo of a bush cricket (Tettigonia viridissima) that she photographed on a laburnum flower last year which you might be interested in if you want to buy the publication rights. Plug, plug.