Roesels bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii

Best time to see: Jun to Nov

Key facts

Bush-cricket of rough grassland with distinctive yellow margin to thorax

Tall, dry, established grassland

Uncommon in Britain until recently, when its range extended dramatically; fairly common in Essex, especially near the coast


Predominantly brown with characteristic yellow 'u' on its pronotum ('neck')

Continuous stridulation on warm, sunny days, dropping down into vegetation if disturbed

© Tony Gunton