What’s the difference between a cricket and a grasshopper?

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Even in the very early nymph stages crickets can easily be identified from grasshoppers by their extraordinarily long antennae. This tiny Speckled Bush-Cricket photographed in the garden (above left) had a body length of little more than 3-4mm yet its antennae were already many times its body length.

In comparison grasshoppers like the nymph shown above right have tiny antennae in proportion to the size of their body.

It’s very difficult to identify the different species of grasshopper when in their very early stages as a nymph but even when tiny cricket species are much easier to determine.

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