Grasshoppers & Crickets


image from A Guide to the Shropshire Orthoptera and Dermaptera (see below).

From left to right: Lesser Marsh, Meadow, Green, Field, Mottled


Grasshoppers and crickets are synonymous with summer and often a very visible (and audible) group to spot. Most can be identified by careful reference to colours, patterns and features such as wing length. The visible features of the pronotum are particularly important ID characteristics of grasshoppers.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

LESOPS 37 - Rutland Orthoptera - Phil Rudkin

Useful Websites and Publications


Orthoptera & Allied Insects (of the UK) - an excellent site with detailed accounts and pictures of all UK species.

A Guide to the Shropshire Orthoptera and Dermaptera - a brief but very useful ID guide to the most common species.

Video: UK Grasshoppers & Crickets


Grasshoppers and Allied Insects of Great Britain and Ireland - excellent, though expensive, guide with high quality illustrations and UK distribution maps. Covers crickets, cockroaches and earwigs.

A Photographic Guide to Grasshoppers and Crickets of Britain and Ireland - Evans & Edmondson. Probably the most useful ID guide around - highly recommended.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know:

Recording Schemes

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.

Visit our County Recorders page to find out who is the CR in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).