|Oak Bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum|
|Monks Eleigh, Suffolk,
September 2010 The Oak Bush-cricket is found in the south of England and the Midlands but not further north. It is usually found in trees though it is not exclusive to oaks and it feeds on aphids and other bugs.
It is mainly nocturnal but can be attracted by house lights which is when it is more likely to be seen.
Bush-crickets have exceptionally long antennae and some such as the Oak Bush-cricket have wings while others have only vestigial wings and cannot fly. The Oak Bush-cricket has a yellow line along the back. These photos are of a female showing its long curved ovipositor.
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