Back in August I travelled to Kephalonia. I immediately became aware of the tree crickets. However, on catching a few I noticed that they had different characteristics to the pellucens I am used to. I recalled that there was a second rarer species in Europe. Indeed, I believe the common speices in Lassi, Kephalonia are Oecanthus dulcisonans.
I can find no record of the species on that island and am aware that the distribution data is incomplete. I have preserved 3 individuals in Ouzo for inspection! Sadly, my live specimens have since died.
They fly considerably better than O.pellucens (pellucens having more of a leap and hope for the best option, my specimens actively flying across a room and out of the window) and have an almost unbroken stridulation. They appear to have a longer hindwing and bigger generally. Pls can you advise as to who to send my preserved sample too if needed.
Many thanks and regards
Mark Joseph (firstname.lastname@example.org)