Common Green Grasshopper
Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Green or green and brown. There is never any red or orange on the abdomen. Females are always green dorsally though green, brown or purple elsewhere. Gently incurved side-keels on the pronotum. Palps may be pale but never chalk white.
Wings: Winged and flies well. In females, wings do not usually exceed the end of the body; in males they do.
Stridulation: Rapid, prolonged, sibilant clicking which starts quietly and rapidly increases in volume and is sustained for 10 to 20 seconds or longer.
Habitat: Long grass often in damp situations and particularly old, unimproved grasslands which are not heavily grazed or mown.
Phenology: The first of the grasshoppers to appear in numbers, nymphs can be found from late April or May. Adults appear from July and survive into 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
Only Recording Scheme datasets are included. Other datasets on the Gateway may hold additional information.Open interactive map for all datasets in new window