Archive for June, 2011
As usual at this time of year, there are nymphs of the Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) just about everywhere
and quite a few of the Oak Bush Cricket (Meconema thalassinum)
This year at Butts Piece I found what I’m pretty sure is Roesel’s Bush-Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii), a native species that, until a few years ago, was restricted to a few places in the extreme south and east of the UK. Perhaps as a result of climate change, it has spread north and west, and at the moment Oxfordshire is near the edge of its range.
I look forward to hearing the adults in the summer – apparently they make the sort of noise you get from overhead high-voltage cables on a foggy day.