Oak Bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum

Oak Bush-cricket, female
Female Oak Bush-cricket, Meconema thalassinum (Photo: R I Moyse)

Oak Bush-cricket is common and widespread, but difficult to detect and therefore under-recorded. It lives in the canopies of trees, and has no audible song. It is, however, attracted to light and will come into houses. Dead specimens may also be found on the ground in autumn after strong winds.

Meconema thalassinum

Records for Oak Bush-cricket in Kent. Map created using DMAP by Dr Alan Morton.

 

Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale

Meconema meridionale male

Male Southern Oak Bush-cricket - note shape of the cerci (Photo: R I Moyse)

Meconema meridionale female

Female Southern Oak Bush-cricket (Photo: R I Moyse)

A new species to the UK, with the first Kent record being in 2005. The species is flightless, so spread is likely to be slow, though it does appear to be able to move by 'hitching' on vehicles. Could easily be confused with nymphs of Oak Bush-cricket, though adult male cerci differ in shape. Wingless specimens late in season (both species are active through the autumn) are likely to be Southern Oak Bush-cricket.

Meconema meridionale

Records for Southern Oak Bush-cricket in Kent. Map created using DMAP by Dr Alan Morton.