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Nemobius sylvestris (Bosc, 1792)

Wood Cricket

Taxonomy: Orthoptera>>Ensifera>>Grylloidea>>Gryllidae>>Nemobiinae

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Nemobius sylvestris

Status: British Isles native species.

Description: A small, dark brown cricket with a paler pronotum.

Size: 7-12 mm

Wings: Flightless with reduced forewings.

Stridulation: Low purring song that is difficult to hear from a solitary male but can be heard from a chorus of males.

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Calling song.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Chorus.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Food: Dead leaves and fungi.

Habitat: Deep leaf litter in warm clearings and sunny edges of woods or areas of scrub but can also occur in stone walls, earth banks, and clay sea cliffs near wood or scrub.

Phenology: Two year life cycle, adults present from June to the end of October.

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