Meconema meridionale - Southern Oak Bush-cricket Costa, 1856
Description: Small and slender bush-cricket (♂11-13, ♀ 11-16 mm), ground colour is green. The wings are vestigial, a yellowish-white stripe runs along the middle of the back. Male cerci are long and curved (7-8 mm), ovipositor (7-8 mm) is slightly upward curved. Similar species:Meconema thalassinum Adults: from July to September Song: Males has no stridulatory organ on the wing therefore it cannot sing. But it drums on the leaves with his feet. The very soft beats are made in sequences during 4-10 seconds. It does not drum as fast as M. thalassinum. Habitat: On the leaves of shrubs and trees. Active during the night.Flightless. Distribution: Originally a species of the Mediterranean region, in the last decennia it spreads northwards due to transport and climate change. First recorded in Hungary in southern Transdanubia in the 1990s. Since then it has been found in many regions, foremost west of the Danube. It is quite common in gardens and parks in Budapest.
Meconema meridionale, male (Author: Pintér Balázs, source: ízeltlábúak.hu, CC BY 4.0)
Meconema meridionale, female (Author: Horváth Dávid, source: ízeltlábúak.hu, CC BY 4.0)