Saga pedo - Common Predatory Bush-cricket
(Pallas, 1771)

Description: The largest insect species in Hungary (53-75 mm), but it hides well in dense vegetation, so difficult to find. Ground colour is green or brown, wings are absent. There are large spines on the legs. Only females are known, they breed by parthenogenesis. The ovipositor is 31-41 mm long, slightly curving upwards.
Similar species: none
Adults: from June to September
No calling song.
Habitat:  Southern slopes of hills and mountains. Thermophilic. Active at night, during the day it hides in the vegetation.
It is known from most of the mountain ranges, but always scarce. It also occurs on lowlands (like in Kiskunság).
Protected species in Hungary.

Saga pedo, female
(Author: Sarah Gregg, source:, CC BY NC SA 2.0)

Saga pedo, female
(Author: Békefi Andrásné, source: ízeltlábú, CC BY 4.0)