Netherlands - Grasshoppers, Critters & Other Insects

On this page you will find pictures of all kind of grasshoppers, critters and other insects, photographed by me in the Netherlands.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Field Grasshopper sp. - Chorthippus sp.
  2. Mottled Grasshopper - Knopsprietje
  3. Common Green Grasshopper - Wekkertje
  4. Great Green Bush-cricket - Grote Groene Sabelsprinkhaan
  5. Southern Oak Bush Cricket - Zuidelijke Boomsprinkhaan
  6. Speckled Bush-cricket - Struiksprinkhaan
  7. Centipede sp. - Bruine Aardkruiper
  8. Forest Cockroach - Boskakkerlak
  9. Southern Wood Ant - Behaarde Rode Bosmier
  10. Common Green Lacewing - Goudoogje
  1. Perly Green Lacewing - Gewone Gaasvlieg
  2. Rhododendron Leafhopper - Rhododendron-cicade
  3. Leafhopper sp. - Bruine Cicade
  4. European Alder Spittle Bug - Elzencicade
  5. Black-and-red Froghopper - Bloedcicade
  6. Common Earwig - Gewone Oorworm
  7. Common Pond Skater - Poelschaatsenrijder
  8. Long Horn Sedge - Schietmot sp.
  9. Caddis Fly sp. - Schietmot sp.

Field Grasshopper sp.
Veldsprinkhaan sp.
(Chorthippus sp.)

's Graveland
11 July 2011

This grasshopper is part of a group of species (biguttulus-group) that are very difficult to identify morphologically (especially the females):
Chorthippus biguttulus, Chorthippus brunneus and Chorthippus mollis.
The three species are best distinguished by their song characteristics.

Mottled Grasshopper
Knopsprietje
(Myrmeleotettix maculatus)
Zanderij Crailo, Hilversum
29 August 2013

This is a small grasshopper (length 12-19 mm) with many colour variations.
Clubbed antennae of males and thickened antennal tips of females are distinctive, both lack white tips.
It lives in dry, sunny places where the grass is short and there is bare ground or rocks.
Common Green Grasshopper
Wekkertje (Omocestus viridulus)
Stulpheide, Lage Vuursche
19 July 2011

Great Green Bush-cricket
Grote Groene Sabelsprinkhaan
(Tettigonia viridissima)
's Graveland
12 August 2011

Insects in the family Tettigoniidae are commonly called katydids or bush crickets. There are more than 6,400 species. They are also known as long-horned grasshoppers, although they are more closely related to crickets than to any type of grasshopper.

Southern Oak Bush Cricket
Zuidelijke Boomsprinkhaan
(Meconema meridionale)

In my yard, Hilversum
10 October 2015

M. meridionale is a small bush cricket, reaching only 16 mm long. Meconema meridionale can be easily distinguished by its close relative Meconema thalassinum (Fully winged Oak Bush-cricket) by having very short wings. They are bad flyers and prefer to live on oak trees. Since they are attracted to light, people find them near or even in their houses, usually between September and December when it gets colder outside.
Speckled Bush-cricket
Struiksprinkhaan
(Leptophyes punctatissima)

's Graveland
17 June 2014

The Speckled Bush-cricket (body lenght: 15 mm) is a flightless species of bush-cricket that occurs across most of Europe. It is quite a common species, but its colouring and secretive lifestyle, hidden away in the undergrowth, mean that it often passes unnoticed.
Centipede sp.
Bruine Aardkruiper
(Geophilus carpophagus)
Hilversum
14 February 2010
Forest Cockroach
Boskakkerlak (Ectobius sylvestris)
In my yard, Hilversum
1 July 2013

Ectobius is a genus of cockroaches native to the Old World, belonging to the family Blattellidae, subfamily Ectobiinae.
The females (length: 12mm) are usually bigger than the males (length: 10mm) and have shorter wings covering only 1/3 of their body, while the wings of the males (on the photo) cover the entire abdomen.

Southern Wood Ant
Behaarde Rode Bosmier
(Formica rufa)
Stulpheide, Lage Vuursche
23 July 2011

Ants are the world’s most ecologically important insects, both in terms of biomass and diversity of ecosystem services. About 15,000 species inhabit almost all terrestrial habitats, including deserts and high mountains. Ants are social insects characterised by a highly sophisticated division of labour: different individuals carry out different functions.

Common Green Lacewing
Goudoogje
(Chrysoperla carnea)

In my yard, Hilversum
30 September 2015

Adult green lacewings are a pale green colour with long, threadlike antennae and glossy, golden, compound eyes. They have a delicate appearance and are 12-17 mm long with large, membranous, pale green wings. They are weak fliers.
They are often seen during the evenings and at night when they are attracted by lights.
Perly Green Lacewing
Gewone Gaasvlieg
(Chrysopa perla)

Naardermeer, Naarden
5 June 2014

This is a species belonging to the order of Neuroptera, within the family Chrysopidae subfamily Chrysopinae.
The adults reach 10–12 millimetres of length, with a wingspan of 25–30 mm and are fearsome predators, primarily feeding on aphids, occasionally on flower nectar.
Rhododendron Leafhopper
Rhododendroncicade
(Graphocephala fennahi)
In my yard, Hilversum

This is a species belonging to the family Cicadellidae.
The Rhododendron Leafhopper (Length 8-10 mm), so named as it feeds on the sap of rhododendrons, is native to the USA. The species was introduced to Great Britain in the 1930s and continental Europe in the 1970s. Adults can be found from mid-summer until quite late in the autumn, laying eggs in the leaf buds which hatch the following spring.
Leafhopper sp.
Bruine Cicade (Issus coleoptratus)
In my yard, Hilversum
3 October 2014
European Alder Spittle Bug
Elzencicade (Aphrophora alni)
In my yard, Hilversum
5 October 2013

This is a species belonging to the family Aphrophoridae.
The adults reach 9–10 millimetres of length, the females are usually slightly larger than the males.
It is quite common and widespread in Europe.
Black-and-red Froghopper
Bloedcicade (Cercopis vulnerata)
Naardermeer, Naarden
26 April 2014

Black-and-red Froghopper is a species of froghopper in the family Cercopidae.
The male is 8.9–10.5 millimetres in length, and the female 8.2–10.5 millimetres.
Common Earwig
Gewone Oorworm
(Forficula auricularia)
's Graveland
12 August 2011
Common Pond Skater
Poelschaatsenrijder
(Gerris lacustris)
Vledder
25 May 2012
Long Horn Sedge
Schietmot sp.
(Oecetis ochracea)
Maarsseveen
9 September 2011

Caddis Fly sp.
Schietmot sp.
(Mystacides longicornis)
Loosdrecht
1 June 2012

This caddisfly (length: 6-9 mm) is easy to identify due to its patterned wings. It has very long antennae and red eyes.
It is very common in Holland.

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