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Thanks Daintiness - thats it! Checked with the NHM website and it exactly fits the Southern oak bush-cricket. When you turn it upside-down you can see where its back legs would have been.
Thanks again all.
Is this one any better? Yes I am holding the 'tail' part which curves upwards.
Nutculet - I do know how many legs it has thanks - 4! With two long, fine antenna.
Anyone know what this is - found on a windowledge in a front garden in Dagenham
Sorry about the picture quality!.
No freecycle in my area the last time I tried - will try again.
Thanks for your advice RD - will let you know how I get on.
RD - I'm based on the London/Essex border.
RD - thanks. How do you access these pages? Could I set up this sort of thing in my area too?
I'm new to Facebook - whats a free page?
Correct bigolob and Peter12.
My tomatoes are the best ever (3 years of trying) and I was away at the start of the heatwave worrying if they would all be dead when I got back. But NO! - even the ones outside the small growhouse have survived and flourished. I took off all unnecessary foliage so the goodness went straight to the flowers-cum-fruits and pinched out the tops. I did practically drown them before I went away though.......
Bl**dy snails!!! Eaten two of my four plants - extra protection needed urgently.
I'll have to raise them off the ground if it keeps happening.
Is it too late to sow more seeds?
Thanx muddy mare - do I feed them now or once the flowers start? If it doesn't work this year I'll try again.