Species Account for Metrioptera roeselii
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Taxonomic group: grasshoppers, crickets and allies (Orthoptera group) - County data
The East Thames Corridor has long been a national stronghold for this bush cricket, but in recent years the species has undergone a very large climate driven expansion of range. In Essex the species now occurs in considerable abundance in agricultural grasslands such as set-a-side, grass field margins and lightly grazed pastures where there is plenty of vegetation cover. Road verges are also a suitable habitat as they contain tall rank grasses which are ideal cover for this species. Given that M. roeselii has colonised these inland areas in considerable abundance there is no reason for it to be included in the Essex red data list as it is no longer at risk from extinction in the county (Gardiner, 2002). References