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Daddy Long Legs: blow away the cobwebs | Nature Notes

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Meadow Thistle: a spineless character | Nature Notes

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Townsend Nature Reserve | Nature Notes

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Heath Grasshopper: amongst the heather | Nature Notes

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Sea Rush: a salt marsh specialist | Nature Notes

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Birch Polypore: the razor-strop fungus | Nature Notes

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Elder: red red wine | Nature Notes

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House Spider: at the drop of a hat | Nature Notes

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Slender Thistle: the shore thistle | Nature Notes

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Durlston Country Park: a national nature reserve | Nature Notes

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Mottled Grasshopper: welcome to the club | Nature Notes

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Toad Rush: but no rushing toads | Nature Notes

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Stag Beetle: false alarm | Nature Notes

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Blackthorn: sloe, sloe, prick, prick, sloe | Nature Notes

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Orb Web Spider: can you spot it | Nature Notes

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Woolly Thistle: the friars crown | Nature Notes

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Hartland Moor: the moor the merrier | Nature Notes

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Stripe Winged Grasshopper: cracking the code | Nature Notes

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Here in the south of England on calcareous chalk and limestone grassland, and there is a lot of that in Dorset, we find the stripe winged grasshopper (Stenobothrus lineatus). They have a preference for shorter grass and for southerly facing slopes. They have white and black stripes on the outside of the wings but they are hard to tell apart from the common green grasshopper which is similar. In any event, adults of the same species can vary! Grasshoppers are tricky chaps to tie down unless you have an experienced eye as they can fly away from you (yes, they fly in short bursts rather than hop) as they are pretty sensitive to movement. If you have good hearing you may be able to identify them by sound. All grasshopper make differing sound patterns (stridulation), it is a bit like the concept of Morse code, and that is the best way to identify them but it takes time and effort to understand and match the patterns of sound to the species of grasshopper. If your hearing is past its best th…

Slender Rush: at home on the heath | Nature Notes

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Wasp Beetle: false alarm | Nature Notes

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Hawthorn: the autumn feast | Nature Notes

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White Crab Spider: the grab spider | Nature Notes

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Musk Thistle: the nodding thistle | Nature Notes

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Alners Gorse: how the world should be | Nature Notes

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Common Green Grasshopper: an ambiguous common name | Nature Notes

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Bulrush: looking for Moses? | Nature Notes

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Dog Rose: for rose hip syrup | Nature Notes

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Cardinal Beetle: catholic in taste | Nature Notes

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Common Cross Spider: the garden spider | Nature Notes

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Carline Thistle: a dose of heaven | Nature Notes

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