Day of talks on grasshoppers & related species - 7 November 2018

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Bjorn Beckmann
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Day of talks on grasshoppers & related species - 7 November 2018

Royal Entomological Society Orthoptera Special Interest Group

This year’s day of talks on grasshoppers & related species will be held on Wednesday 7th November 2018, 12:30 - 5:30pm, in the London Natural History Museum, followed by drinks and a cold buffet. All are very welcome, there are still some spaces available – registration details below. It should be a great day, with talks about how insects jump, the re-discovery of the Mole Cricket, automated monitoring of bush-crickets alongside bats, and many other contributions!

Hope to see you there!

Bjorn Beckmann


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12:30 Arrival and tea; posters & displays

1:00 Welcome

1:10 Malcolm Burrows (University of Cambridge): How do insects jump so rapidly and powerfully?

1:50 Karim Vahed (University of Derby): A small and apparently unsuccessful field release of captive bred Scaly Crickets, Pseudomogoplistes vicentae, in Devon, U.K.

2:05 Björn Beckmann (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, in the absence of Luc Willemse): new book: The Grasshoppers of Greece

2:15 Break

2:40 Marion Hall and David Robinson (Open University): Diet, fecundity and longevity in Speckled Bush-crickets, Leptophyes punctatissima

3:05 Simon Springate (Natural Resources Institute): Investigations of Orthopteran thermal biology in Britain (and India)

3:30 Paul Brock (Natural History Museum London): First male stick insect in the UK

3:50 Break

4:15 Stuart Newson (British Trust for Ornithology): Making use of by-catch from established large-scale acoustic monitoring of bats

4:40 Paul Brock (Natural History Museum London): The Mole surfaced!

5:05 Roy Bateman (Imperial College): Entomological challenges in Cát Tiên National Park, Vietnam: a seasonal tropical forest

5:30 Drinks, followed by supper

8:00 Finish


Posters and exhibits:

  • Jon Delf (University of Liverpool): Development of ‘intensive culture’ techniques for the captive rearing of bush-crickets (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae)
  • new book: The Grasshoppers of Greece
  • new book: Atlas of the Grasshoppers of Austria
  • Tim Gardiner: childrens’ book Geronimo the Grasshopper, and new book of poetry
  • Stephen Lee Thomas: Display of live stick insects from various countries
  • Simon Springate: Photos of Orthoptera from India and Belgium



Please register by sending an email to, providing the following details:

  • your first name, surname and institution if applicable (for name badge)
  • indicate whether you will be staying for the buffet or not, and any special dietary requirements


  • either a full price of £14 to include a cold buffet with wine, and tea and biscuits during the afternoon
  • or a reduced price of £4 to include tea and biscuits only, if you are not staying for the buffet
  • for members of the Royal Entomological Society the respective prices are £10 and £0


  • either send a cheque made payable to the Royal Entomological Society to: Kirsty Whiteford, Royal Entomological Society, The Mansion House, Chiswell Green Lane, St Albans, Herts, AL2 3NS
  • or pay by bank transfer: Royal Entomological Society, sort code 30-97-25, account number 01921533. Please ensure that you include your name and “Orthoptera SIG” for reference.
  • or pay by card over the phone. Please phone Kirsty on +44 (0)1727 899387. There is a 2% admin charge for credit cards, no charge for debit cards.


The meeting will be held in the Neil Chalmers Room in the Natural History Museum London. Use the Cromwell Road entrance into the Central Hall; turn left/west into Waterhouse Way to the Darwin Centre; continue down the steps by the Cocoon, then turn right and walk towards the steps at the north end; on the left, under these steps is the door to the Neil Chalmers Room and reception area, where refreshments will be served before/during the meeting. Bags are searched when entering the museum so do not carry knives, scissors or similar sharp items as they will be (temporarily) confiscated. In the evening, the Cromwell Road entrance is locked at 6:00 pm; if you leave after this time you must be escorted through locked doors, or incur the wrath of Security!