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Blagdon Lake Birds

Grasshoppers, Crickets & Allies [2016 Revision]


Here is a list of Orthoptera recorded at the lake. I have prepared the list in line with that given by the Grasshoppers and Related Insects Recording Scheme of Britain and Ireland. All records are my own unless stated, so any inaccuracy is entirely down to me. If anyone has records they'd like to include, please contact me and I will insert and acknowledge them accordingly.


Orthoptera (Grasshoppers & crickets)

  • Oak Bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum, Butcombe Bank, 17th June 2011 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
  • Dark Bush-cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera (=cinerea), 16th July 2010 (N.R. Milbourne). Abundant.
  • Roesel’s Bush-Cricket Metrioptera roeselii, North Shore, 24th Aug. 2017 (N.R. Milbourne). Common.
  • Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus discolor, Top End, 28th Aug. 2007 (I. Stapp, photograph), 24th Aug. 2018 (N.R. Milbourne). Abundant
  • Short-winged Conehead Conocephalus dorsalis, Rainbow Point, 9th July 2006 (N.R. Milbourne, photograph). Unknown.
  • Speckled Bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima, 5th June 2010 (R. Barnett). Common.
  • Slender Groundhopper Tetrix subulata, Rainbow Point, 9th July 2006 (N.R. Milbourne, photograph). Unknown.
  • Common Groundhopper Tetrix undulata, Green Lawn, 16th Aug. 2005 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
  • Common Green Grasshopper Omocestus viridulus, 8th July 2015 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.
  • Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus, 18th June 2011 (N.R. Milbourne, photograph). Abundant.

Dermaptera (Earwigs)

  • Common Earwig Forficula auricularia, 2011 (N.R. Milbourne). Unknown.


Key to abundance:

Extremely rare - five or less records

Very rare - twenty or less records

Rare - less than annual; many years between records

Very scarce - less than annual; typically every 2 or 3 years

Scarce - very small numbers virtually every year

Uncommon - recorded in low numbers each year

Fairly common - occurs in reasonable numbers

Common - regularly occurs in good numbers

Abundant - occurs in large numbers


Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Grasshoppers and Related Insects Recording Scheme of Britain and Ireland website
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