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Grasshoppers and crickets

This group includes grasshoppers, bush-crickets and true crickets.

Grasshoppers and crickets form the group called Orthoptera. They are generally recognised by their large hind legs and ability to jump or scuttle away quickly if approached.

House crickets, field grasshoppers and bush crickets are some of the few species that are observed in and around people's homes.

Each year there are a handful of sightings of very large grasshoppers, which are usually locusts. These are the result of escaped 'pet food' (reptiles and spiders) or stowaways in imported goods.

Grasshoppers are herbivores and most species feed on grasses and low herbage. Bush-crickets are omnivorous and feed on other invertebrates as well as plants and shrubs. True crickets are herbivores, omnivores or scavengers such as the house cricket.

Number of UK species: 30

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Re: Can anyone i.d. this Spanish grasshopper for me? 3 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Leucistic (?) Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus discolor from Norfolk 10 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Ident please...found in Cheshire a couple of days ago...cricket? 10 months ago by Cazzie Cazzie
Re: grasshopper for ID please 11 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Cricket Id 11 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Cricket (?) in Greece 1 year ago by Tote Tote
Re: Bush cricket? 1 year ago by HughFletcher HughFletcher
What stage of development is this mole cricket? 1 year ago by awillkey awillkey
Re: Grasshopper or locust 1 year ago by Sierra_101 Sierra_101
Re: Turkish Cricket 1 year ago by Tony Child Tony Child
Grasshopper from the Spanish Pyrenees 1 year ago by andrew h andrew h
Bush cricket from Spanish Pyrenees 1 year ago by andrew h andrew h
Grasshopper from the Cordillera Cantabrica 1 year ago by andrew h andrew h
Bush cricket from the Spanish Pyrenees (Epipigger sp) 1 year ago by andrew h andrew h
Grasshopper from the Spanish Pyrenees 1 year ago by andrew h andrew h
Re: Can anyone identify this grasshopper from the French Alps? 1 year ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Chorthippus brunneus nymph? 1 year ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Grasshopper, cricket or locust? 1 year ago by dragnil dragnil
Re: Calliptamus? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Please help me identify 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: What is this please? 1 year ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Madagascar toxic grasshopper ID please 2 years ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Insect from Costa ica 2 years ago by 391589cd7f538926e7becd4ad44ba4ebaf5d0aab 391589cd7f538926e7becd4ad44ba4ebaf5d0aab
Re: Greek grasshoppers for ID please. 2 years ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Hello all, anyone recognizes these leaf hoppers, please? 2 years ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: greek grasshoppers for ID please. 2 years ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Greek Orthoptera for ID please. 2 years ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Italian Grasshopper 2 years ago by 138mph 138mph
Re: Please could you ID this for my son Louis? 2 years ago by Mamahoof Mamahoof
Re: Pholidoptera fallax 2 years ago by Michael Michael

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