LauraH's picture


Observed: 15th July 2009 By: LauraHLauraH’s reputation in Invertebrates

Looks like part of Orthoptera order but can't find anything to guide me further than this. Not sure if its a grasshopper or cricket. It is around 2.5 cm length, its antennae are about the same length as its body. I found it literally on my doorstep...think its still there! Should I move it to the garden?

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The long thin legs bent high above the body tell me this is likely to be a bush-cricket.

The drab brown/green colour indicates either Roesel's or Grey bush-cricket.

However the distinctive pale edge to the pronotum (the kind of saddle over the shoulders) says it is Rosel's bush-cricket.

I have never seen one of these but am familiar with other bush-crickets; I used the FSC guide to identify species. The guide says it is moving inland from the south-east coast.

You could try moving it into your garden, put it where it would be hidden and not open to predation overnight.

Graham Banwell

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Martin Harvey's picture

Roesel's Bush-cricket

Graham describes the identification of this one well, and for confirmation you can just the greenish-yellow spots on the side of the abdomne, just behind the pronotum and in front of the hind leg. It's a good photo, showing plenty of detail.

Interestingly this is a long-winged form - usually Roesel's has short wings (the "brachypterous" form), but when the weather is warm it produces long-winged ("macropterous") forms that can disperse further to find new breeding sites.

In much of south-east England it is now hard to find areas of long grass that don't contain Roesel's, it really has done very well out of climate change!

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Roesel's Bush-crickets

Yes I agree with Roesel's - very distinctive pronotum. We get plenty of this species in Dorset but I've never seen one of the long-winged form.

Bob Ford