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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: Madagascar toxic grasshopper ID please 3 weeks ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Insect from Costa ica 4 weeks ago by Raddes Raddes
Re: Greek grasshoppers for ID please. 2 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Hello all, anyone recognizes these leaf hoppers, please? 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: greek grasshoppers for ID please. 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Greek Orthoptera for ID please. 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Italian Grasshopper 6 months ago by 138mph 138mph
Re: Please could you ID this for my son Louis? 6 months ago by Mamahoof Mamahoof
Re: Pholidoptera fallax 7 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: can anyone tell me what this is? 7 months ago by illyrianth illyrianth
Re: Grasshopper for ID . 7 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Poecilimon laevissimus 7 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: Can someone identify this little fella for me? 7 months ago by Distinctly Average Distinctly Average
Re: Can some I'd this for me please? 7 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Acrometopa servillea? 7 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: oak bush cricket? 8 months ago by will will
Re: Grasshopper identification help required. 8 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: Eupholidoptera sp? 8 months ago by Mark Burgess Mark Burgess
Re: Cricket ID please 8 months ago by Hawk Hawk
Re: Calliptamus barbarus? 8 months ago by Michael Michael
Re: Grasshopper? If yes, what type please 9 months ago by GrahamPD GrahamPD
Re: Found in Morocco - Is this a grasshopper/cricket? 10 months ago by John John
Re: Amazing grasshopper? 11 months ago by Lucas1 Lucas1
Is this a Lubber Grasshopper? 11 months ago by johlinnath@gmail.com johlinnath@gmail.com
Re: The Greek Cricket Team. 1 year ago by Lewis Lewis
Re: Grasshopper Identification? 1 year ago by Meconema Meconema
Re: This fine insect was seen close to the beach on Ithaka, wonderful eyes can anyone help identify it? 1 year ago by Meconema Meconema
Re: Which species is this cricket or grasshopper from France? 1 year ago by Meconema Meconema
Re: Pink Grasshopper ID Please 10 months ago by Meconema Meconema
Re: What's this please? 1 year ago by Meconema Meconema

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