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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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Cricket Id 1 week ago by Jamesie Jamesie
Cricket (?) in Greece 1 month ago by Tote Tote
Re: Bush cricket? 2 months ago by HughFletcher HughFletcher
What stage of development is this mole cricket? 3 months ago by awillkey awillkey
Re: Grasshopper or locust 3 months ago by Sierra_101 Sierra_101
Re: Turkish Cricket 6 months ago by Tony Child Tony Child
Grasshopper from the Spanish Pyrenees 7 months ago by andrew h andrew h
Bush cricket from Spanish Pyrenees 7 months ago by andrew h andrew h
Grasshopper from the Cordillera Cantabrica 7 months ago by andrew h andrew h
Bush cricket from the Spanish Pyrenees (Epipigger sp) 7 months ago by andrew h andrew h
Grasshopper from the Spanish Pyrenees 7 months ago by andrew h andrew h
Re: Can anyone identify this grasshopper from the French Alps? 7 months ago by Clive Washington Clive Washington
Chorthippus brunneus nymph? 7 months ago by Marcello Consolo Marcello Consolo
Re: Grasshopper, cricket or locust? 9 months ago by dragnil dragnil
Re: Calliptamus? 10 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Please help me identify 10 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: What is this please? 1 year ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
grasshopper for ID please 1 year ago by Annie Annie
Re: Madagascar toxic grasshopper ID please 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Insect from Costa ica 1 year ago by Raddes Raddes
Re: Greek grasshoppers for ID please. 1 year ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Hello all, anyone recognizes these leaf hoppers, please? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: greek grasshoppers for ID please. 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Greek Orthoptera for ID please. 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Italian Grasshopper 1 year ago by 138mph 138mph
Re: Please could you ID this for my son Louis? 1 year ago by Mamahoof Mamahoof
Re: Pholidoptera fallax 1 year ago by Michael Michael
Re: can anyone tell me what this is? 1 year ago by illyrianth illyrianth
Re: Grasshopper for ID . 1 year ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Poecilimon laevissimus 1 year ago by Michael Michael

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