Orthoptera - Grasshoppers and Crickets

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Lesser Marsh Grasshopper Chorthippus albomarginatus (De Geer, 1773)

Chorthippus albomarginatus
  • Barnwell East LNR TL480583: 8 Jul 2008
  • Distinguished by having the sides of the pronotum (between the head and the wings) almost straight: in many grasshopper species the sides are concave
  • Despite the common name, it is found in dry grassland as well as moist places
  • NBN Atlas.

Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus (Thunberg, 1815)

Chorthippus brunneus
  • East Pit, Cherry Hinton TL484559: 21 Jul 2015
  • Colour variable, these orange-tailed forms are conspicuous
  • NBN Atlas.

Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus paralellus (Zetterstedt, 1821)

Chorthippus paralellus
  • East Pit, Cherry Hinton, TL484558: 30 Jun 2015
  • The only flightless British grasshopper
  • NBN Atlas.

Slender Groundhopper Tetrix subulata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Tetrix subulata
  • Byron's Pool, Cambridge, TL437548: 26 May 2015
  • Groundhoppers are herbivorous, feeding on algae, mosses and lichens
  • T. subulata prefers damp areas, unlike the Common Groundhopper T. undulata. This specimen was found in an area of marshy vegetation.
  • NBN Atlas.

Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima (Bosc, 1792)

Leptophyes punctatissima
  • Male. Cambridge, Gwydir Street: 22 Jul 2015
  • The antennae are about 40mm long!
  • Very short wings, resemble a saddle on the back of the male
  • Nymphs are very speckly with striped antennae
  • NBN Atlas.

Southern Oak Bush-cricket Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860)

Meconema meridionale
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street: 26 Aug 2017
  • European species which has been establishing itself in Britain since 2001.
  • Adult has only minute vestigial wings, unlike the native M. thalassinum (below).
  • NBN Atlas.

Oak Bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum (De Geer 1773)

Meconema thalassinum
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street: 12 Sep 2001
  • Body plus ovipositor about 20mm long: antennae nearly 40mm
  • NBN Atlas.

Roesel's Bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii (Hagenbach, 1822)

Metrioptera roeselii
  • Barnwell East LNR TL479583: 1 Aug 2004
  • Once confined to coastal regions and rated Notable/Nb
  • Has now spread widely inland, apparently benefitting from warmer climate
  • Song is a long continuous note rather than the chirps of most other crickets
  • Enlargement available
  • NBN Atlas.

Dark Bush-cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera (De Geer, 1773)

Pholidoptera griseoaptera
  • Cambridge, Barnwell East LNR: 11 Jul 2018
  • Short-winged and flightless.
  • Adults take both insect prey and plants. Nymphs are herbivorous.
  • NBN Atlas.

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