Grey Bush-cricket

Platycleis albopunctata

The Grey Bush-cricket’s body colour is mainly grey to light brown, although the top of the head and thorax maybe brown or green. The underside is usually a pale yellow or green. The hind femora normally have a dark ‘fish-bone’ pattern. Both sexes are fully winged. Females have a black and long, upturned ovipositor. The song consists of a short buzzing sound. Body length 20 to 30mm. Ovipositor length 10mm.

They are omnivorous.

Seen in July to October. A coastal species found on rough vegetation and coarse grass, on sand dunes, shingle banks, cliffs and low scrub. Mainly the coasts of southern England, and southern and western Wales.

Photographs of the Grey Bush-cricket (Platycleis albopunctata) taken August 2015, Daddyhole Plain, Torquay, Devon. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

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