Grasshoppers (Order Orthoptera) are usually only noticed when they jump unpredictably to get away from us.

When stationary grasshoppers are usually very well camouflaged.  As they only eat plants, they often look like their food plants or surrounding leaf litter.

Below is a gallery of grasshoppers photographed at Vale Park.

If you wish to contribute a picture to these galleries, please email your local nature photographs to David Whiting ( along with permission to display the photograph and the location, date taken and photographers name.