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Meconema thalassinum (De Geer, 1773)

Oak Bush Cricket

Taxonomy: Orthoptera>>Ensifera>>Tettigonioidea>>Tettigoniidae>>Meconematinae

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Meconema thalassinum Meconema thalassinum

Status: British Isles native species.

Description: Small, pale green with a yellowish stripe along the back. The female has a long, slightly upturned ovipositor, the male has long curved cerci.

Size: 13-17 mm

Wings: Both sexes fully winged.

Stridulation: Does not stridulate but drums one hind leg on a leaf, in short fast bursts.

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Calling song. Two males drumming alternately on side of container.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Food: Predator, feeds on small insects.

Habitat: Arboreal – woods, hedges and gardens. Eggs are laid in crevices in bark or under mosses or lichens.

Phenology: Adults present from late July until autumn.

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