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Ragge, D.R., 1965

Grasshoppers, Crickets & Cockroaches of the British Isles

The standard dichotomous keys to families, genera, species are followed by detailed species accounts, often with named colour forms. All the native species are illustrated, often with several colour forms.

Song diagrams representing the beats, their relative loudness and timing provide an alternative method of identification in the field.

The book also gives a handy overview of the Watsonian vice-county system, including an appendix which lists the dividing lines of the county subdivisions.

For many years the standard guide to our Orthoptera, and still useful, although the distribution maps are now very out of date following the phenomenal range expansions of many of our rarer coastal species during the last few decades.

An update was published in 1973 in Ent Gazette.

Publisher Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.
Pages 299
Coverage All the British species and frequently recorded aliens.
Illustrations Line drawings, vice-county maps and 22 colour plates of paintings.
Identify With x8 or x10 hand lens (also useful to examine under a Stereo Microscope).
Specimen Prep. Fresh pinned specimens.
Difficulty Generally straightforward, but they fade rapidly after death.

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

DICTYOPTERA (cockroaches) Identification Distribution map, Checklist Superseded
ORTHOPTERA (grasshoppers and crickets) Identification Distribution map, Checklist Superseded
ORTHOPTERA (grasshoppers and crickets) Identification Superseded Song diagrams.
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