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The following is a list of the species of grasshopper, cricket and allied insects recorded from Britain. The insect orders covered by this list are:

This article lists the native species only. A number of other species have been found in the wild as vagrants or accidental introductions. Many of the Orthopteran common names were synthesised from older sources or coined where necessary by Dr. DR Ragge.

Order Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets)

Suborder Ensifera (crickets)

Family Tettigoniidae (bush-crickets)

  • Oak bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum
  • Southern oak bush-cricket Meconema meridionale (since 2001)
  • Great green bush-cricket Tettigonia viridissima
  • Wart-biter Decticus verrucivorus
  • Dark bush-cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera
  • Grey bush-cricket Platycleis albopunctata
  • Bog bush-cricket Metrioptera brachyptera
  • Roesel's bush-cricket Roeseliana roeselii
  • Long-winged conehead Conocephalus fuscus
  • Short-winged Conehead Conocephalus dorsalis
  • Speckled bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima

Super-family Grylloidea

Family Gryllidae

  • House cricket Acheta domesticus
  • Field cricket Gryllus campestris

Family Mogoplistidae

  • Scaly cricket Pseudomogoplistes squamiger

Family Trigonidiidae

  • Wood cricket Nemobius sylvestris

Family Gryllotalpidae (mole-crickets)

  • Mole cricket Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa

Suborder Caelifera (grasshoppers & allies)

Family Tetrigidae (groundhoppers)

  • Cepero's groundhopper Tetrix ceperoi
  • Slender groundhopper Tetrix subulata
  • Common groundhopper Tetrix undulata

Family Acrididae (grasshoppers)

  • Large marsh grasshopper Stethophyma grossum - rare and restricted to the New Forest and Dorset
  • Stripe-winged grasshopper Stenobothrus lineatus
  • Lesser mottled grasshopper Stenobothrus stigmaticus (Isle of Man only)
  • Woodland grasshopper Omocestus rufipes
  • Common green grasshopper Omocestus viridulus
  • Field grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus
  • Heath grasshopper Chorthippus vagans
  • Lesser marsh grasshopper Chorthippus albomarginatus
  • Meadow grasshopper Pseudochorthippus parallelus
  • Rufous grasshopper Gomphocerippus rufus
  • Mottled grasshopper Myrmeleotettix maculatus

Order Blattodea (cockroaches)

Family Blattellidae

  • Dusky cockroach Ectobius lapponicus
  • Tawny cockroach Ectobius pallidus
  • Lesser cockroach Capraiellus panzeri

Order Dermaptera (earwigs)

Family Spongiphoridae

  • Lesser earwig Labia minor

Family Forficulidae

  • Short-winged earwig Apterygida media
  • Common earwig Forficula auricularia
  • Lesne's earwig Forficula lesnei
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