Meconema meridionale (southern oak bush-cricket)

The southern oak bush-cricket was originally described from Italy and found in other areas of southern Europe until about 40 years ago, when it was observed to be extending its range northwards.

By the 1990s it was recorded from northern France, Holland and Belgium, and in 2001 the first specimens were recorded in England from Surrey and Berkshire (Hawkins, 2001).

Since then the species has been recorded widely in southern England, with additional records from Essex and Nottinghamshire.

Species detail

  • Meconema meridionale

    Get a description of the appearance and size of the southern oak bush-cricket. Find out about a similar looking species, from which the southern oak bush-cricket is indistinguishable as a young nymph.

  • Meconema meridionale
    Distribution and habitat

    Meconema meridionale has spread rapidly northwards across Europe in recent years. Discover how this short-winged bush-cricket has travelled.

  • Meconema meridionale

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  • Male Meconema meridionale

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  • Female Meconema meridionale

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Male southern oak bush-cricket

The southern oak bush-cricket (Meconema meridionale)

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Male and female southern oak bush-crickets

Male (left) and female (right) southern oak bush-crickets showing their pale green colouring with yellow dorsal stripe and the pair of brown marks on back of pronotum.

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Meconema meridionale on a leaf

Meconema meridionale is typically found on a wide variety of broad-leaved woodland trees and hedgerow and garden shrubs.

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Male Meconema meridionale

Male Meconema meridionale

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Female Meconema meridionale

Female Meconema meridionale

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Judith Marshall
Scientific Associate, Entomology Department

A word from the author

"The flightless southern oak bush-cricket has in recent years extended its range northwards through Europe. It was first recorded in Surrey in 2001 but is now widespread in southern England, and has the potential to spread much further. As a non-pest species, it is very welcome here!"

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Having rudimentary, non-functional wings.


Appendages on the rear-most segment.


Having unusually large wings.


Insects in the order Orthoptera.


First segment of the thorax.


Capsule containing spermatozoa that is transferred entirely to the female during mating.


Grating, chirping or hissing sound produced by rubbing body parts together.