Introduction to Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets

This classroom based course is designed to show the beginner the anatomy, identification and ecology of grasshoppers & bushcrickets followed by a session of fieldwork and identification.  These are fascinating insects that can be found in most habitats.  They are often unfairly overshadowed by the more ‘glamorous’ and colourful butterflies and dragonflies.  But grasshoppers can be colourful too.  Some are bright pink, almost day-glo!

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between bushcrickets & grasshoppers
  • Identify the commonly occurring local species
  • Understand their lifecycle
  • Explore their ecology and habitat requirements

Structure of the Day

  • Morphology (indoor)
  • Ecology and behaviour (indoor)
  • Lunch
  • Catching, collecting and field craft (outdoor)
  • Identification (indoor)


The best time of year to hold this course is July or August. At this time of year most animals will be adults and few nymphs. As this is a beginners course and the nymphs are not easy to identify to species level with any certainty this time of year is easier.

The course would usually run from 10am to 4pm but can easily start earlier and finish later.


We are totally dependent on what the weather does. If the weather is poor the order of activities on the day will change. We will get out into the field when we can or use specimens.

Cost breakdown

  • Session charge – £50 for a morning or afternoon (£100 a day)
  • Cost of venue and equipment hire, if needed
  • Tutor travel costs

Students Numbers

The maximum number of students is 8 but fewer is preferable so everyone can get help and support. There is no minimum number.

What to bring

As you will be outdoors for at least part of the day 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.