Grasshoppers are the preferred food of the Labyrinth Spider I blogged about yesterday, so here are some photos of Meadow Grasshoppers I saw at the same time, in the long grass. The best way to tell Grasshoppers from Crickets is to look at the length of their antennae- Crickets have very long antennae while those of Grasshoppers are quite stubby. Their are only 11 species of Grasshoppers in the UK, more in the south as the north as they prefer warmer conditions. The Meadow Grasshopper is the most common, and can be seen all over the UK. Grasshoppers and Crickets
go through what is called incomplete metamorphosis, in that they go from egg, to larva, to adult phase, without the pupal stage. Eggs are laid just under the ground and hatch in spring. They ‘sing’ by rubbing their legs against their wings and they have ears in their bottoms! The Meadow Grasshopper can be green, brown or, rarely, vivid pink! Their wings are much shorter than their legs, and they are the only UK Grasshopper that can only hop, not hop and fly. Conditions: Cloudy and wet up north. Temperature: Max 14- Min 10 C.