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Pholidoptera griseoaptera (De Geer, 1773)

Dark Bush Cricket

Taxonomy: Orthoptera>>Ensifera>>Tettigonioidea>>Tettigoniidae>>Decticinae

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Pholidoptera griseoaptera Pholidoptera griseoaptera

Status: British Isles native species.

Description: Dark brown with yellow underside.

Size: 11-21 mm

Wings: Almost wingless.

Stridulation: Brief, penetrating chip, performed throughout the day and into the night.

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Calling song.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Calling song at lower temperature.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

The Dark Bush-Cricket makes a familiar 'chip' call to the ear but sounds like a short croak here, recorded with a bat detector.
Source: Malcolm Lee

The Dark Bush-Cricket makes an agression call when two males meet. Recorded with a bat detector.
Source: Malcolm Lee

Food: Omnivorous, feeding on a range of vegetation and small insects.

Habitat: Wasteland, bramble thickets, old hedges, woodland edges and rides, thickets on sea cliffs and scrub on the edges of saltmarshes and dunes. Eggs are laid into rotting wood or bark crevices.

Phenology: Nymphs appear at the end of April. Adults appear in late June to early July and survive until winter.

Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
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