Large Marsh Grasshopper
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Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Largest native grasshopper, yellowish green to olive brown in colour with bright red undersides of the hind leg thighs. A plum coloured form is sometimes observed in females. Females are larger than males.
Wings: Fully winged and flies well.
Stridulation: Characteristic popping stridulation made by kicking the wings with the hind legs. 1-3 clicks per second, in verses lasting 5-10 seconds.
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Calling song. Three verses of typical clicks, interval between verses shortened.
Source: Baudewijn Odé
Habitat: Wetland species, usually in acid bogs and tussocky grass especially purple moor-grass and scrub. The eggs are laid in the base of grass tufts.
Phenology: Nymphs emerge in late spring. Adults appear from late July and survive until early November.
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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