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About Orthoptera and Allied Insects

What are Orthoptera?

Orthoptera are an order of insects that have enlarged hind legs which accommodate muscles for jumping. Modern taxonomic studies suggest that earwigs (Dermaptera) stick insects (Phasmida), cockroaches and praying mantids (Dictyoptera) are distinct from the Orthoptera but historically they were considered to be closely related. Therefore, the Orthoptera of the British Isles Recording Scheme encompasses these additional groups.

You can read more general information about these groups in this About section or you can read detailed accounts of each species by following the links from the Species Lists section