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Old Saturday 29th August 2015, 09:32   #1
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Italian or Tree Crickets in Kent

Morning all.

On the Dungeness Bird Obs website it is reported that a large number of Italian or Tree Crickets (Oecanthus pellucens) have been found on the peninsula.

Is this the bridgehead for a colonisation?

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Old Saturday 29th August 2015, 17:46   #2
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Quite probably, although it's been found twice before in the UK - in Kent and Cambridgeshire (as mentioned on the Dunge website). It's also been expanding in Europe.
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Notice they've also had a single Phaneroptera falcata which did breed for a couple of years or so at Hastings CP.

From what I've read the colony of Tree Crickets sounds as though there are quite a lot of them, which suggests they've been present for a year or more previously undetected.

Hopefully they'll consolidate their status here.
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