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Jun 18, 2011 6:19 PM

Menorcan cricket

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone could help me identify this cricket. I came across so many lovely insects whilst on a family holiday to Menorca (but did not take a guide so I am now having to slowly identify them). They were about 5cm and with a long dark line going down the abdomen, boardered with a lighter coloured lines and striped wings.

Thankyou .

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    Jun 18, 2011 10:22 PM (in response to littlemammal)
    Re: Menorcan cricket
    I am pretty sure that this is a large nymph (i.e. immature) of the White Faced Wart Biter, AKA White Faced Bush Cricket, Decticus albifrons.  This is a very large Mediterranean species, rather common in rough scrubby habitats where it feeds on both plant and animal matter. It is one of the closest relatives of the Common Wart Biter Decticus verrucivorus, which in spite of its English name is a very rare and protected species in the UK; verrucivorus is usually green, reflecting the lusher vegetation in the northern countries where it occurs...
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