David Element

 

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___________________________________________________________ Grasshoppers and Crickets 35 - Large Cone-heads

 

 

 

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (m)

 

 

A insect on the ground

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (m)

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (m)

 

 

A green frog on a plant

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (m)

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (m)

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (m)

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (m)

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

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LARGE CONE-HEAD Ruspolia nitidula (f) nymph

 

 

 

         After several sporadic sightings in the UK the Large Cone-head Ruspolia nitidula has recently established a small breeding population on the South East coast, possibly as a precursor to a broader range expansion in response to anthropogenic climate change and similar to the behaviour exhibited by several other Continental European orthopterans. However, the above photographs were taken in France where this distinctive bush cricket is widely distributed note that most of these insects are green but there is also a rarer brown form. The nymphs illustrated are final instar females, already in possession of very impressive ovipositors.

 

 

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