John Walters and the rufous grasshopper on the One Show

John Walters is a very good Dartmoor and Devon naturalist as well as being a great artist. He is also a friend of mine. He was recently on the One Shop talking about the mating behaviour of the rufous grasshopper. Here is the clip from the programme. Amazing how confiding the grasshoppers were!

Rufous grasshopper 4
Here are a couple of photos I took at the same location last year – note the swollen tip to the antennae

Rufous grasshopper 3
And the characteristic markings on the top of the pronotum

RG map
Here is the national distribution of the species (via the National Biodiversity Network) – quite a rare animal!

 

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