Lesser Mottled Grasshopper
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Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Smallest grasshopper; usually green with brownish wings and sometimes develops orange-red colouration on the tip of the abdomen. Males have thickened, but not clubbed, antennae.
Wings: Wings just short of reaching the tip of the abdomen.
Stridulation: Unobtrusive series of chirps in bursts of 1-4 seconds duration.
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Calling song. Three verses, interval between verses shortened.
Source: Baudewijn Odé
Habitat: Only found on the Isle of Man, where it lives on dry grassy slopes above the sea around rocky outcrops and in vegetated sand dunes. Short turf (5-10 cm) often with heather (Calluna vulgaris) or western gorse (Ulex galii).
Phenology: Eggs hatch in May and adults appear in early July to mid-October.
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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