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Creepy-Crawly  Roesel's Bush Cricket

Roesel's Bush Cricket - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Metrioptera roeselii

Size: Approximately 20mms long.

Distribution: Quite rare. Mostly found in coastal meadows.

Months seen: June to October.

Habitat: Damp meadows and fields.

Food: Leaves and small insects.

Special features: Roesel's crickets are one of ten different species of bush cricket found in Britain. They can be distinguished from the other species by that yellow coloured stripe behind the head.

Each species of bush cricket produces a unique sound by rubbing its wings together. The females only respond to sounds made by their own species. The hearing organs, or ears, of the bush cricket are actually located on its knees.


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