Saturday, 15 September 2007

Dark Bush Cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)

Adult male Dark Bush Cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera) at Geddington Chase, Northants - May 2011

Length: 13-20mm
Wingspan: N/A
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

In my area, probably just about the most common cricket species, being abundant in low level plants near to hedges and woods.  They are flightless and can reach up to around 2cm long. This particular individual is a male, which you can tell by the two short "cersi" which females have a long sword-like ovipositor.  They are omnivorous as adult and take two years to mature, before finally emerging as a full adult around June.

Related Species: 
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Pholidoptera
SUBSPECIES: ?

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident seen in Summer
 - Common around Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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