Sunday, 27 July 2014

German Cricket

Germany isn't often associated with cricket, though in fact a German cricket club was founded in Berlin in 1850 (by English ex-pats natch) and there are a number of regional leagues. With the great reduction in British troop numbers since re-unification, interest in cricket in Germany has dwindled somewhat. Here is a link to the Berlin Cricket Club website, just in case you landed here from Google and you are disappointed not to find elegies to the crack of leather on willow.

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:

great green bush cricket

At first we thought it was a grasshopper. But actually it is a cricket, probably Tettigonia viridissima or the great green bush-cricket. You can tell crickets from grasshoppers because crickets have long antennae whereas grasshoppers have stubby ones, and this girl has a lovely long pair of them. You can tell that she is female by the long ovipositor - the spike on the end of her abdomen with which she deposits her eggs in the soil.

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.

great green bush cricket

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.

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