Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Typically found as the green form in England, which is speckled with black wing markings, and has large, dark eyes. Frog-like appearance with powerful hind legs. The ovipositor is curved slightly upwards – unlike in the Great Green Bush Cricket.
Wings: Both sexes have wings that reach or slightly exceed the end of the body. Due to its weight, however, the species is flightless.
Stridulation: Fairly loud and distinctive, rapidly repeated clicks that often start slow and get faster.
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Calling song. One verse.
Source: Baudewijn Odé
Food: Omnivorous, eating herbs but also insects including other grasshoppers.
Habitat: Complex and specific mosaic of bare ground and long and short turf – in chalk downland or heathland. Eggs are laid in bare soil next to clumps of grass.
Phenology: Eggs remain dormant for at least two years and hatch in April. Adults present from July until autumn.
Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
Terms & conditions
Colours show the year of the last record -
up to 1987
1998 up to present
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