For Archaboilus, as for living bushcricket species, singing constitutes a key component of mate attraction.
Primitive bushcrickets and croaking amphibians were among the first animals to produce loud sounds by stridulation (rubbing certain body parts together).
It was only when he went to investigate that he found a Bushcricket
, the very first ever seen in Solihull.
The Roesel's Bushcricket
, which is green and brown with a short fat body and long back legs, was spotted in Lavender Hall Park in Balsall Common and in Hillfields Park.
With the discovery of the Roesel's Bushcricket and the Long-Winged Conehead, experts predict more could be living in and around the borough.
The Bushcricket spotted by the park ranger at Lavender Hall Park.