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Grasshoppers make sounds by rubbing their hind leg, which has pegs on it, on a thickened part of their forewing. The sounds are different for different species and can be used to identify the insects from a distance. The recording made here is of a Lesser Marsh Grasshopper (Chorthippus albomarginatus) on the bank of the River Humber in East Yorkshire and was made using an audio microphone.
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Insects can have interesting mating behaviours including specific calls, movements and gifts.