Martin Harvey's picture

Grasshopper and cricket identification guides

The Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has some useful resources for identification of Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets etc.). Their main page is at:
http://www.erccis.co.uk/wildlife_recording/identify_orthoptera.htm

which has some useful background info, but they also provide guides, with sound clips, to the calls of crickets and grasshoppers:
http://www.erccis.co.uk/wildlife_recording/identify_bush_cricket_calls.htm

http://www.erccis.co.uk/wildlife_recording/identify_grasshopper_calls.htm

Personally I find it easier to identify many of these insects from their calls than from looking at them, so this could be a very helpful resource. But we'll have to wait until next summer to make use of it now!

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andrewsavage's picture

Call key

I wonder if it would be possible to make a sort of call key that would be able to be downloaded onto an MP3?

Andrew Savage