Dark Bush-cricket - Pholidoptera griseoaptera

    Description

    Length 11-21 mm. As the name suggests, it has dark drab colours though the abdomen is yellow or greenish yellow. The forewings are very small and like all crickets it has very long antennae.

    Habitat

    Wasteland, Bramble thickets, old hedges, marshland, woodland edges and rides etc.

    When to see it

    Nymphs appear at the end of April. Adults appear in late June to early July and survive until Winter.

    Life History

    Omnivorous, feeding on a range of vegetation and small insects. Eggs are laid into rotting wood or bark crevices.

    UK Status

    Found mainly in Southern half of England and Wales this species is reasonably common.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    Locally common in Rutland, especially in old habitats, but range in Leics thought to be restricted to two ancient woodlands in Leighfield Forest.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map