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Winged and wingless crickets to ID

Observed: 22nd July 2011 By: EmilyCoyteEmilyCoyte’s reputation in InvertebratesEmilyCoyte’s reputation in Invertebrates
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2 different crickets - very similar in appearance but one has wings. Both have ovipositors. What are they and what is the difference between them?

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Michael Skelton's picture

Roesel's Bush-cricket

I agree the identification above, but both are adult; that on the left is a normal short winged individual, while the other is an example of the macropterous (long winged) form, which can fly , and by means of which the species has been extending its range. There would not have been any Roesel's Bush-crickets in your area until recently.

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oooh, that's interesting, thanks! Do you know if the macropterous breed freely with the "normal" form, and are the offspring all macropterous, normal or a mix according to Mendelian genetics, or are there other forces at work to product the macropterous form?

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Winged or wingless?

"Other forces" is probably the best explanation. Roesels is normally wingless as an adult, but if environmental conditions are good during the nymphal stage (eg warm / sunny / condusive to dispersal) then a proportion of the adults develop into fully winged forms. Both forms can interbreed sucessfully. I have seen a few myself this year, some years I don't see any winged adults.

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Thanks for clarifying that, I

Thanks for clarifying that, I did think it looked big...

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Roesel's Bush-cricket

I would add to the above that high population density in the nymphal stage is a known trigger for the production of macropters.