Wednesday, 25 July 2012


Harwood Dale

Lucky spotting of an insect that makes a very large noise for it's size. I was lucky enough to see it jump between the grass and then settle for around 30 seconds posing, while I took photographs.

Grasshoppers and crickets are members of the group of insects known as orthopteroids.

All have biting mouth parts and go through incomplete metamorphosis, the nymphs often having similar habits to the adult. They have paired appendages (cerci) that extend from the tip of the abdomen.

Grasshoppers and crickets are characterised by hind legs that are enlarged for jumping.

They are medium to large insects with long slender bodies and two pairs of wings, although these may be reduced or non-existent in some species. The females of many crickets have a large sword-like egg laying organ (ovipositor); this can be 24 mm long in the great green bush cricket

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