Name: Roesel's Bush-cricket
Scientific name: Metrioptera roeselii
Nature Stars: 70
About: Until the early 20th century, Roesel’s bush cricket was only know from the south east coast. Recent years have seen a rapid expansion in its range, particularly travelling along the rough grassland and scrub along the side of motorways!
How to identify: A handsome cricket, dark brown with orangey legs, a green face, a creamy border to the thorax and two or three bright creamy spots on the sides. Best recognised by the song, which is a long, monotonous, mechanical reeling noise.
Where: South east England, spreading north and west.
Fantastic fact: The Roesel's Bush Cricket sounds just like a singing Savi's Warbler, a rare bird that nests in reedbeds.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc