Roesel's Bush-cricket

Metrioptera roeselii

About

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.

Where to find it

South east England, spreading north and west.

Habitats

When to find it

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland and woodland edge habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of insects, including Roesel's Bush-cricket. Careful grazing with traditional breeds, hay-cutting at the right time and scrub clearance are just some of the ways grasslands are kept in good condition - supporting invertebrates and, in turn, the larger animals that prey on them. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too, and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Roesel's Bush-cricket
Latin name
Metrioptera roeselii
Category
Invertebrates
Grasshoppers and crickets
Statistics
Body length: up to 2cm
Conservation status
Common.