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Speckled Bush-cricket: scratching about

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Speckled Bush-cricket: scratching about

The speckled bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima) is superbly camouflaged for its life on nettles, brambles and other rough vegetation. The speckles on its body casing enable it to blend in with the shrubby environments it lives in.

This is a common species of bush-cricket here in the south of England but, despite that, they are rarely seen because they are relatively small and their preferred habitat is ideal for hiding them. The best way to at least establish their presence is to listen for their 'song', a very short and feeble scratching sound repeated every few seconds. I have to use a bat detector to track them down now as my hearing can no longer detect them.

They are active from the beginning of August right through until the autumn, October certainly, possibly even in to November. This species crops up in houses in autumn, possibly attracted by lights as the days shorten.


 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 7 months ago

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