British Insects: the Families of Orthoptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Tachycines Adelung

Adults 11–15 mm long (the females only slightly the longer); pinkish beige (yellowing when dried), with dark markings; fully apterous.

The antennae long, with well over 30 segments. Forewings absent. Hindwings absent (the insects flightless). Foreleg tarsi 4 segmented; mid-leg tarsi 4 segmented; hindleg tarsi 4 segmented. The hind femora smooth. The ovipositor relatively long, with the valves articulated along their length and forming a single structure; 10–12 mm long (slightly up-curved). The males mute. Auditory organs absent.

British representation. 1 species. Tachycines asynamorus (Greenhouse camel-cricket: a Cave cricket). Established alien (living in moist conditions in heated greenhouses, and being carnovorus, potentially useful; but usually eliminated by pesticides). Southern Scotland, northern England, English Midlands, East Anglia, southeast England, central southern England, southwest England, Isle of Wight, and Ireland.

Probably omnivorous but principally carnivorous; in human habitations and in hothouses (mostly the latter).

Classification. Suborder Ensifera; Superfamily Gryllacridoidea; Raphidophoridae.

Comments. Fore- and mid-tibiae with ventral articulated spines; the palps and cerci long, and the legs with particularly long, laterally compressed tarsi.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the families of Orthoptera. Version: 12th February 2012. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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