Green grasshopper (Steve Orridge)

Grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera)

Under development. Contributions from BFC members welcome. Watch this space.

About grasshoppers and crickets

Worldwide there are 42 families of grasshoppers and crickets, consisting of approximately 28,000 species. In the British Isles there are 8 families, divided into 30 genera and 39 species, including 5 immigrants.

Grassland and scrubby sites are good habitats to find them in, including downlands, cliffs, embankments, unspoilt verges and damp areas.

Many grasshoppers and crickets  (31 species) can be identified by their ‘song’, which is used in courtship and is produced by rubbing or scraping one part of their body against another (‘stridulation’).

Grasshoppers and crickets in the High Peak

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all grasshopper, cricket and katydid observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all grasshopper, cricket and katydidobservations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Mottled Grasshopper, Waterswallows 14/08/21 (Louise Moon)
Roesel's Bush Cricket, Bishop's Lane 23/08/21 (Jonathan Mortin)
Meadow Grasshopper, Haydale, 17/07/21 (Bill Williams)

Identifying grasshoppers and crickets

Paul D Brock

WILDGuides: Princeton University Press

This book has a system of QR codes for every member of the grasshoppers and crickets group so you can use your mobile phone to find recordings and hear these songs as you are looking and listening to the song itself.


This app helps you identify the grasshoppers, crickets, earwigs, cockroaches and stick-insects that you see or hear, and lets you record sightings to support their study and conservation and contribute to a new national atlas.

Available for Apple devices and currently onn most but not all Android devices.

Information and guidance

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