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13.10.2017
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Langstone, Hampshire There's no mistaking its sewing-machine stridulation, but the great green bush-cricket is fiendishly difficult to locateSpeckled bush-crickets (Leptophyes punctatissima) are prolific in my garden. The nymphs hatch in May and I often spot them sunning themselves on bramble or nettle leaves. During the summer they become rather elusive, moving deeper and higher into the vegetation. But come autumn the humpbacked, spindly-legged, adults reappear.Attracted to light they often stray indoors and I find them scaling my bedroom walls. Bush-crickets are crepuscular, becoming active in the late afternoon and singing into the night. They are more closely related to grasshoppers than crickets. However, unlike grasshoppers, which rub a row of stridulatory pegs on the inside of the hind legs against their forewings, bush-crickets stridulate by chafing their forewings together. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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