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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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27 September, 2010

Dark Bush Cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)

This insect is easy to identify as it is our only all brown bush-cricket. The other brown bush-crickets we have in this country have some white and green on them, are much smaller, are far less common and tend to be found in specialist habitats where the 'dark' does not occur.

That said, the colouring can vary from a chestnut colour to almost black, the female usually paler than the male although this female I photographed is pretty dark in colour.

This insect can be found in any rough vegetation such as hedgerows, woodland scrub, roadside verges and quite often in garden shrubberies.

They do not really 'sing', making a single high pitched squeak repeated intermittently. They do 'sing' by day but are far more active in the evening and if you have young ears you can quite clearly hear them.