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.
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 has spread rapidly northwards across Europe in recent years. Discover how this short-winged bush-cricket has travelled.
Bush-crickets are carnivorous and eat other insects. Find out more.
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The southern oak bush-cricket (Meconema meridionale)© Benton
Female (left) and male (right) southern oak bush-crickets showing their pale green colouring with yellow dorsal stripe and the pair of brown marks on back of pronotum.© Benton
Meconema meridionale is typically found on a wide variety of broad-leaved woodland trees and hedgerow and garden shrubs.© Benton
Female Meconema meridionale© Benton
Male Meconema meridionale© Benton
Scientific Associate, Entomology Department
"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!"
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.