Grasshoppers and Crickets
The grasshopper is larger than the cricket.
The grasshopper comes in colours of: neutral, green, grey or light brown. The cricket comes in bright and dark colours.
Grasshoppers can fly and jump while crickets only usually jump. The cricket also has longer antennae.
The cricket makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wings together, while the grasshopper rubs its wings with its hind legs.
Grasshoppers hear through ears situated on the base of the abdomen while crickets hear through an organ situated on the front legs.
There are several different types of both English grasshoppers and crickets. Some of these are shown below.
Dark Bush Cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)
The dark bush cricket can be found in southern and central England and south wales. It is dark brown/red in colour with a yellow/green belly. It has a pale patch along the top of the thorax.
It can be found in gardens, hedgerows and woodland edges. It can also be found sunbathing on bramble patches. The cricket is noisy in late summer and also very aggressive.
It flies at night and is attracted to lights. It drums its hind legs on leaves.
Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)
The Speckled Bush Cricket prefers rough vegetation, hedgerows and scrub. It can also be found on bushes, window ledges, leaves and flowers. It is most active at night and attracts the female by rubbing its wings together.
Short-winged Cone-headed Cricket (Conocephalus dorsalis)
Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus)
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This is a medium sized grasshopper with wings no longer that the length of its body. It is common throughout the country and can be found between July and November. They can be found in grassland, damp meadows, woodland rides and some hillsides where there are streams. They can usually be found by their chirpy song.
Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)
Lesser Marsh Grasshopper (Chorthippus albomarginatus)
Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus)