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Platycleis albopunctata (Goeze, 1778)

Grey Bush Cricket

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

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Platycleis albopunctata Platycleis albopunctata

Status: British Isles native species.

Description: Variable but usually greyish brown. Females have a long, upturned ovipositor.

Size: 20-28 mm

Wings: Both sexes fully winged.

Stridulation: Soft, rapidly repeated, high pitched chirp

Recordings: Note, your ability to play these recordings depends upon the configuration of your computer and browser.

Calling song.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Calling song at lower temperature.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

The Grey Bush-Cricket recorded with a bat detector. It can be virtually inaudible without a detector.
Source: Malcolm Lee

Food: Omnivorous.

Habitat: Coastal species – coarse grass and rough vegetation on sand dunes, shingle banks and south-facing cliffs.

Phenology: Nymphs hatch in May. Adults appear in July to autumn.

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