The Egyptian Grasshopper Anacridium aegyptium
This is the female. The males are not so decorative,
In this shot you can see that the hind tibia, has two rows of spines.....
These spiny projections on the underside of the legs, help them to cling to vertical surfaces.
The large impressive female grasshopper is one of the largest European Grasshoppers.
They are harmless to humans, and although the species is folivore, they do very little damage to leaves.
This one was olive green in colour, but they can be grey or brown.
They fly very well,, but thankfully this one stayed still as I took these shots.
The pronuptum, ( the shield type shape behind the head,) is distinctly ridged, like plates of armour.