Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Large cricket, light chestnut coloured and covered with velvet-like hairs; large, very strong forelegs that are modified for digging.
Wings: Forewings are short but both sexes can fly and do so at night.
Stridulation: Male stridulation is a loud continuous purring.
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Source: Baudewijn Odé
Food: Vegetable material, insect larvae and earthworms.
Habitat: Burrows into deep, loose damp soil at the edges of wetlands and seepages.
Phenology: Three year lifecycle.
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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