Platycleis albopunctata grisea - Eastern Grey Bush-cricket
(Fabricius, 1781)


Description: Medium-sized, grey to light brown species (♂ 15-23 mm, ♀ 18-24 mm). Wings are long and reach the hind knee. The median keel on the top of the pronotum is only visible on the posterior part. Ovipositor is 9-12 mm long, dark coloured and curving upwards.
Similar species: the Platycleis species, Decticus verrucivorus
Adults: from June to October.
A long series of high-piched and faint chirps at a rate of about 2 to 4 syllabels per second. It can be heard only a few metres away. It sings from afternoon till night, mainly in the ultrasonic range.

Source: Orthoptera Species File (lab recording, 22
Habitat:  Dry grasslands, forest clearings, rocky places. Thermophilic, prefers bare ground.
Widespread, especially at higher altitudes.

Platycleis albopunctata grisea, male
(Author: Bauer Bea, source: ízeltlábú, CC BY 4.0)

Platycleis albopunctata grisea, female
(Author: Dobos Zsolt)