I have seen a few tiny grasshoppers in the back garden recently, generally a sandy colour and less than 1 centimetre long. I'm afraid I don't have a picture (plenty via Google), but I was reading up trying to figure out what they were and I thought it worth sharing. Having spent a while trying to find a very small species of grasshopper I determined that they are in fact grasshopper nymphs (of I don't know what species) which are basically much like the full-sized adults but more 'babyish', with bigger heads in proportion to their bodies.

In general a nymph is an immature invertebrate that looks much like the adult and eventually turns into one via its final moult. This stands in contrast to larvae, which tend to be very different indeed to the adults and go through a pupal stage before emerging in the adult form.

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  1. I haven’t seen or heard a grasshopper or a cricket for many years now. Maybe I’m too far North?

  2. I’ve seen plenty of crickets too in recent years, including this year (I think). I doubt there’s anywhere in the UK that’s particularly devoid of grasshoppers, but I don’t know that for sure.

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