The Songs of the Grasshoppers and Crickets of Western Europe

David R. Ragge and Jim Reynolds

This reference work on the songs of grasshoppers and crickets covers Europe as far as the eastern borders of Germany, Austria and Italy, but nevertheless includes the vast majority of species found in Eastern Europe.

978 0 946 58949 4
January 1998
250 x 190 mm
596 pp
Natural History Museum in association with Apollo Books


Grasshoppers and crickets are used widely in ecological, cytogenetic and bio-acoustic research, and have recently become important subjects in evolutionary biological studies. They are also increasingly used in the field of conservation as indicators of undisturbed habitat. 

The book comprises chapters on acoustic methods, sound production and reception, and the nature and function of the songs. It also examines the value of the songs in taxonomy and identification. The section on methods includes general guidelines for both professionals and laymen, and the book contains over 1600 oscillograms taken from the 170 species and subspecies covered, as well as 11 confusibles from other orders (cicadas, amphibians and birds). The majority of them are recorded on a boxed set of two compact disks, available separately.

The Songs of the Grasshoppers and Crickets of Western Europe is available to order from our co-publisher Brill. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.


David Ragge, formerly Head of the Orthoptera Section and Deputy Keeper of Entomology at The Natural History Museum, is author of the classic work, Grasshoppers, Crickets & Cockroaches of the British Isles.

Jim Reynolds has been recording and analysing the songs of European Orthoptera with Dr Ragge for some 25 years.

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