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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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27 January, 2015

Common Groundhopper: an ugly bug | Nature Notes from Dorset

The common groundhopper (Tetrix undulata) is a relative of grasshoppers and bush-crickets; the order Orthoptera. It is not considered a common species but it is thought that it is probably under recorded given its relatively small size and choice of habitat.
This insect could not be considered a 'looker'! At first sight I thought it was a bird dropping on a sedge leaf but then it moved and I took a closer look, Having never seen anything like it before I had to take a photograph and then thumb through the books when I got home. It is quite small, about half an inch long, is a dull mottled brown and has quite warty or undulating skin (undulata).

Read more: Common Groundhopper: an ugly bug | Nature Notes from Dorset