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Long Winged Conehead: twixt and between

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Long Winged Conehead: twixt and between

This is not a grasshopper as the antennae are too long and it is not a bush-cricket as the body shape is wrong, so just what is it? It is caught in between and is called a 'conehead'. There are two British species of conehead; the long winged and the short winged, this is the long winged conehead (Conocephalus discolor).

Whilst similar in size there are two main distinguishing features between the two. The first is, obviously, the wings on this species go right back to the tail end. The long-winged does not have such a dark brown stripe down its back either.
 
Once quite rare, the long winged conehead is quite common across southern England now but is not always easy to find as they like long grass and scrub in which they can hide and from where they make their continuous and fairly loud stridulating sound (a bit like a distant knife grinder says my book!) so I was most fortunate to find this one out in the open.

 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
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