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National Insect Week returns in 2020

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

    © Roger Key Chorthippus albomarginatus female 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...
  • Oak bush-cricket

    © Roger Key Oak bush-cricket ( Meconema thalassinum ) 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...

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Most travelled

Painted Lady butterflies fly annually from North Africa to the UK, occasionally Monarch butterflies cross from America.

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