Speckled Bush-cricket: 2nd Sefton Coast Locality Discovered

On 24th August 2018 while sweep-netting for shieldbugs at Falklands Way, Ainsdale, Phil Smith netted two male Speckled Bush-crickets (Leptophyes punctatissima) from a Wild Privet bush near to back gardens at SD303116. According to Phil, the only previous records on the Sefton Coast for this southern species were from a garden in Freshfield where a small colony was present 2015-2017.