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Insect Week returns in 2022

Crickets & grasshoppers

ORDER: ORTHOPTERA

(Ancient Greek - ortho = sheath ; pteron = wing)

Often found in larger gardens where grass and native trees are allowed to go a little wild, feed on plants.

Insects in this order

  • Great green bush cricket

    ©Archie Mathison Tettigonia viridissima Family: Tettigoniidae This family contains more than 6,400 species, ranging from 5mm in length to as long as 130mm. Known as the katydids and bushcrickets, there are 11 species in the UK that belong to this family. They can be distinguished from grasshoppers...
  • Lesser Marsh Grasshopper

    © Roger Key Chorthippus albomarginatus female Grasshoppers are jumping insects with short antennae, they are often camouflaged within their grassland habitat with brown and green colours. They make sound or 'stridulate' by rubbing a peg on their hind femur against a thickened vein on the...
  • Oak bush-cricket

    © Roger Key Oak bush-cricket ( Meconema thalassinum ) Found living in ancient woodlands, hedgerows, gardens and parks, the oak bush-cricket. This species lives in tree and shrub canopies and the adults are strong flyers...

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