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.
An arboreal species found in oak woodland but also on other deciduous trees and on hedgerow shrubs.
Carnivorous, arboreal and nocturnal, it is a predator of the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner.
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.
Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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