Bog Bush-cricket

Scientific name
Metrioptera brachyptera

10-21mm long (+ 10mm ovipositor), brown on the sides and a mixture of brown and green along its back with a pale margin on the side of its pronotum. Usually has wings shorter than the abdomen, and females have shallowly notched ovipositor.

Continuous high pitched chirps, easily audible, especially if several of them are singing together.

Often seen in wetlands (acidic habitats such as bogs) where Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) and Purple Moor grass (Molinia caerulea) are found.

Local status
Only known at a single bog location near Dalbeattie.

Female Bog Bush-cricket ©SWSEIC
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