Sunday, 19 August 2007

Roesel's bush-cricket (Metrioptera roeselii)

Adult Roesel's bush-cricket (subspecies M. r. roeselii) at Geddington, Northants - September 2011

Featured Subspecies: Metrioptera roeselii roeselii
Length: 13-26mm
Wingspan: N/A
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

Rosesel's Bush Crickets are a medium sized cricket with a distinctive bright green edging to their thorax.  Named after a German entomologist called August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof, they are one of the most common species in Britain.  Mostly found on tall grasses, particularly in ungrazed fields, grass forms a significant portion of its diet along with seeds and small insects.

Related Species:
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae

Genus: Metrioptera
SUBSPECIES: M. r. roeselii, M. r. vasilii

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A fairly common resident seen in Summer
 - Common around Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive
, IUCN Red List

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