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Oak bush-cricket

(Meconema thalassinum)


Crickets & grasshoppers

Oak bush-cricket

© Roger Key

Oak bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum)

Found living in ancient woodlands, hedgerows, gardens and parks, the oak bush-cricket. This species lives in tree and shrub canopies and the adults are strong flyers.


What do they look like?

Lime green with a pale yellow stripe along the back. The females have a long ovipositor (egg-laying tube).

Where do they live?

Found in trees, hedgrerows and shrubs

When can you see them?

Nymphs can be seen from June and adults appear in July to the autumn months

Life cycle

An arboreal species and the only largely carnivorous bush-cricket that eats other small invertebrates. Females lay their eggs in bark, mosses and lichens.

Did you know?

The oak bush-cricket does not 'sing' like many other crickets but uses its legs to drum on leaves and branches instead.

Where can they be found?

The Midlands, Wales and southern England

Did you know?

Biological control

Predatory ladybirds and parasitoid wasps are used as a biological control for pest insects such as aphids.

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