Dark bush-cricket by Elizabeth Dack 1/1

Dark Bush-Cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera

The quiet chirrup of the dark bush-cricket from a tangle of brambles in late summer is often the first sign that autumn is on its way. These subtly patterned insects are common and widespread on the heavy soils of central and south Norfolk, though largely absent from the west where chalky and sandy soils prevail.

Conservation status

The dark bush-cricket is very common in much of Norfolk, especially in the centre and south, and is of no conservation concern.

Details

Did you know? The author E. B. White identifies the crickets’ song in North America as being the signal of the end of summer, just as the dark bush-cricket’s song signals the coming of autumn here in Norfolk:
The crickets sang in the grasses. They sang the song of summer’s ending, a sad, monotonous song. “Summer is over and gone,” they sang. “Over and gone, over and gone. Summer is dying, dying.”
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