WildThings

British Crickets
Anthropoda/Insecta/Orthoptera
 
 
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Wart biter - Decticus verrucivorus
Great green bush-cricket - Tettigonia viridissima

Grey bush-cricket - Platycleis albopunctata
Long-winged cone-head - Conocephalus discolor
Short-winged cone-head -Conocephalus dorsalis
Roesel's bush-cricket - Metrioptera roeselii
Oak bush-cricket - Meconema thalassinum
Speckled bush-cricket - Leptophyes punctatissima
Bog bush-cricket - Metrioptera brachyptera
Dark bush-cricket - Pholidoptera grisoaptera

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basic key to bush-crickets

 

   

Dark bush-cricket
Pholidoptera grisoaptera

m 13-19mm / 13-20mm

dark bush-cricket

female

dark bush-cricket

male

dark bush-cricket

male

note the absence of wings in the female and the very small wings in the male.

basic key to bush-crickets

Roesel's Bush-cricket
Metrioptera roeselii

m 13-26mm / f 15-21mm

Roesel's bush-cricket

female - (long-winged form)

Roesel's bush-cricket

male

Roesel's bush-cricket

male

Note the yellow/green edge to the pronotum and the patches just behind it. No other British cricket has these distinctive patches

 

Bog bush-cricket
Metrioptera brachyptera

m 11-18mm / f 13-21mm

bog bush-cricket

female

bog bush-cricket

male

female

Body bright green beneath, dark brown above. Damp places. especially lowland heath where cross-leaved heath and purple moor dominate.

Grey bush-cricket
Platycleis albopunctata

m 20-25mm / f 20-28mm

Grey bush-cricket

female

Grey bush-cricket

male

Grey bush-cricket

female

grey-brown with wings longer than the abdomen. Found only along the south coast of England in coarse grass on sand dunes or shingle and on south facing cliffs.

Speckled Bush-Cricket
Leptophyes punctatissima

m 9-16mm / f 11-18mm

Long-winged Conehead

male

Long-winged Conehead

male

Long-winged Conehead

male

A close look will reveal the 'speckles' that give this cricket its name. Its appearance is very different to the Coneheads and it is much smaller than the other green bush-cricket species.

Long-winged Conehead
Conocephalus discolor

m 16-21mm / f 16-22mm

Long-winged Conehead

female

Long-winged Conehead

male

Long-winged Conehead

female nymph

Adults wings are longer than the body. The female's ovipostor is straight. In the Short-winged conehead it curves upward.

Grasshoppers and Allied Insects of Great Britain and Ireland : Marshall & Haes :1990

A laminated identification chart based on the book is available from the Field Studies Council
http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/index.aspx