Roesel’s Bush Cricket
Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Usually dark brown and yellow but sometimes tinged green or rarely completely green. Broad cream-coloured margin all the way around the sides of the pronotum, and three pale yellow spots on the sides of the thorax.
Wings: Usually short-winged (brachypterous) and flightless, but a fully winged form able to fly (f. diluta) is not uncommon in hot summers
Stridulation: Penetrating and continuous high pitched buzzing like the crackle of overhead electricity cables
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Source: Baudewijn Odé
Food: Omnivorous, but feeding mostly on grass and other vegetation.
Habitat: Saltmarshes and dunes in coarse vegetation but currently expanding its range west and north to urban wasteland and agricultural set-aside.
Phenology: Nymphs emerge in late May and June. Adults present from late July until autumn.
Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
Terms & conditions
Colours show the year of the last record -
up to 1987
1998 up to present
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