Grasshoppers and crickets are part of the order Orthoptera, which means straight wing in Greek. This order also includes cone-heads, ground hoppers and locusts. There are thousands of orthoptera species in the world, most of these are found in the tropics, but there are about 50 found in Great Britain.
There are many similarities between grasshoppers and crickets, for example
- very long hind legs for jumping
- both produce songs to attract females
- similar life cycles, with no pupal stage
but there are also some differences, which can help you work out if you've spotted a grasshopper or cricket.