Monday, 17 September 2007

Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)

Adult female Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) at Geddington, Northants - July 2011

OTHER NAMES: Common Speckled Bush Cricket
Length: 15-25mm
Wingspan: ? 
NO UK STATUS /IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

A fairly large and common bush-cricket species in the Southern half of England, and pretty much on the limits of it's range in Northamptonshire, it is a herbivore and lives mainly in woodland, scrub, gardens and hedgerows.  While it does "sing" like other crickets, the pitch is such that it isn't audible to the human ear, and can only be heard on a bat-detector or similar device.

Related Species:
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Phaneropteridae
Genus: Leptophyes

- 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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