Thursday, December 24, 2015

Roesel's Bush-cricket

Found on the same day as the Mottled Grasshopper, this is a bush-cricket: Roesel's Bush-cricket, Metrioptera roeselii. You can tell a bush-cricket from a grasshopper easily: the latter have long antennae, usually longer than their bodies. Also the females have long, scythe-like ovipositors. Roesel's Bush-cricket has a cream edge to the prothorax. It is also an organism that is spreading in the UK as a result of global warming.

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