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National Insect Week returns in 2018

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

  • Lesser Marsh Grasshopper

    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 forewing; they 'hear' with organs on the side of the...
  • Oak bush-cricket

    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.

Did you know?

Spiracles

Insects breathe through spiracles, abdominal openings to air spaces within the insect body.

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