Roesels Bush Cricket, Metrioptera roeselii (Cavenham heath NR)



Until the early 20th century, Roesel’s Bush-cricket was only found on the south-east coast. Recent years have seen a rapid expansion in its range, particularly helped by roadside rough grassland and scrub providing a ‘corridor’ for it to travel along. It favours damp meadows and grassland, but can be found elsewhere.

How to identify

Roesel’s Bush-cricket is dark brown with orangey legs, a green face, a creamy border to the thorax, and two or three bright cream spots on its sides. It is best recognised by its song, which is a long, monotonous, mechanical noise.