Roesels bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii


Best time to see: Jun to Nov

Key facts

Bush-cricket of rough grassland with distinctive yellow margin to thorax

Tall, dry, established grassland

Uncommon in Britain until recently, when its range extended dramatically; fairly common in Essex, especially near the coast

Recognition

Predominantly brown with characteristic yellow 'u' on its pronotum ('neck')

Continuous stridulation on warm, sunny days, dropping down into vegetation if disturbed

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Photo © Tony Gunton