Grasshopper, cricket & groundhopper speciesfound in the UK. Grasshoppers and bush crickets are two sub-families in the order Orthoptera. In the UK we have 23 species of cricket and 11 species of grasshopper, including a few exotics that have been accidentally introduced. Only eight of these occur regularly in Scotland in the wild.
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Speckled bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima - hedges - woodland - gardens • very short wings • green with fine black speckles • song: very faint ticks every 3-5 seconds; with a bat detector set to 40kHz these are heard as very loud clicks Oak bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum - gardens - hedges - woodland • long wings
Bush-cricket identification In this section, we provide some spectrograms of full-spectrum recordings of bush-crickets. An example recording of each species can be played to hear what different species sound like, and a larger sample of recordings can be downloaded.
Notes on the Jerusalem Cricket. The AES is often contacted about the Jerusalem Cricket. Although it is not found in the UK we have provided this information. The "Child of the Ground" or "Child of the Earth" is actually a type of Cricket called a Jerusalem Cricket (Stenopelmatus fuscus). Adults are 30-50mm long, with a humped-back and long ...
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A common invertebrate across the southern half of England, the noisy, irregular chirpings of the Dark bush-cricket are a familiar feature of late summer. Found in gardens, hedgerows and woodland edges, Dark Bush-crickets can often be seen in quite large numbers, sunbathing on Bramble patches.