Southern Oak Bush-cricket - Meconema meridionale


    Adult 14 to 17 mm in length. It is only readily separated from the Oak Bush-cricket as an adult, because the wings remain as tiny flaps. Even at this stage it could be overlooked as a large nymph of our commoner species.

    Identification difficulty

    An arboreal species found in oak woodland but also on other deciduous trees and on hedgerow shrubs.

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    Life History

    Carnivorous, arboreal and nocturnal, it is a predator of the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner.

    UK Status

    A recent British colonist, first recorded from Surrey and Berkshire in 2001, and already recorded as far north as Nottinghamshire by 2012. This follows a well-documented expansion from southern Europe over the past few decades.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map