Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Dark greyish brown; underside of the posterior of the abdomen in mature adults is red or orange. The tips of the palps (mouthparts) are almost white. Pronotal keels incurved. Females exhibit two colour forms: all brown or with green forewings and upperside of the head and pronotum.
Stridulation: Sibilant clicking, starting quietly and getting louder before ending abruptly. Verses last 5-10s. The more widespread Common Green Grasshopper sounds very similar but verses last longer.
Habitat: Rides and clearings in woodland and on grassland or heath near woodland and scrub. Eggs are laid in the soil.
Phenology: Nymphs appear from April or May. Adults appear in June and rarely survive beyond 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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