Bush Crickets

As usual at this time of year, there are nymphs of the Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)  just about everywhere
Speckled bush cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) nymph

and quite a few of the Oak Bush Cricket (Meconema thalassinum)

Oak Bush Cricket (Meconema thalassinum) nymph

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.
Roesel's Bush Cricket (Metrioptera roeselii) nymph?

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.


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