Short Winged Conehead: expect the unexpected | Nature Notes from Dorset

Always expect the unexpected! When I happened upon this little creature on the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve at Kilwood I was chuffed to be able to get a photo of what I thought at the time was a long winged conehead. When I got it home and had a proper look at it, to my delight I saw it was a female short winged conehead (Conocephalus dorsalis)! Why should I be so pleased? Because in the last 30 years the then rarer long winged conehead has spread rapidly and is now quite common whereas the short winged has stayed quite rare. 
The 'coneheads' are crickets rather than grasshoppers



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