The life cycles of many insects are complex and even magical – I’m thinking here of caterpillars turning into pupae and then emerging as butterflies. Some insects have an altogether more simply development. Grasshoppers and crickets emerge from their eggs as tiny versions of the adults they aspire to be – they then grow through series of enlarging instars until they are fully grown. By July most grasshoppers and crickets are fully grown. Here are a few pictures of some common species out and about on Dartmoor now.