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Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Small, green bush cricket with a brown stripe along the back and brown wings. Unlike the Long-winged Conehead, this species usually has short wings that do not reach the end of the body.
Wings: Normally short-winged (brachypterous). There is a macropterous form (f. burri Ebner) with both pairs of wings fully developed, which is mainly found in hot summers.
Stridulation: TWO alternating sounds are characteristic: a chuffing noise similar to Long-winged Conehead but even quieter, and a rapid ticking noise, described as sounding like a fishing reel, or the old knife grinders wheel.
Food: Omnivorous, but feeds mainly on seed heads, buds and flowers of grasses, rushes and sedges.
Habitat: Two distinct habitats: coastally on saltmarshes and sand dunes, particularly associated with maritime rushes and grasses; inland on lowland bogs, fens, reedbeds, river floodplains and by lakes and pools.
Phenology: Nymphs emerge in May and June. Adults present from July and August until mid-October.
Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
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