Introduction to Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets

I have been running a course on what is known as the orthoptera, well the grasshoppers and bushcrickets part of that insect order.  Learn about the anatomy, ecology & identification of grasshoppers & bushcrickets.  These are fascinating insects that can be found in most habitats.  They are often unfairly overshadowed by the more ‘glamorous’ & colourful butterflies and dragonflies.  But grasshoppers can be colourful too.  Some are even bright pink!

You will learn how to distinguish between bushcrickets & grasshoppers, how to identify the commonly occurring Suffolk species and look at their lifecycle, ecology and habitat requirements.

There will be the following sessions:

An introduction to their structure (indoor)
Ecology and behaviour (indoor)
Catching your grasshoppers and field craft (outdoor)
Identifying grasshoppers (indoor)

We are totally dependent on what the weather does. If the weather is poor the order of activities will change and we will just get out into the field when we can. An extra outdoor session can be added in too.

The course would usually run from 10am to 4pm but can easily start earlier and finish later. The cost is dependent mostly on the venue.

You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing, stout footwear and bring a packed lunch, drinks and snacks. It’s advisable to wear insect repellent and maybe sun screen and a hat. You may also like to bring a notebook, pencil and a camera.