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Chorthippus brunneus (Thunberg, 1815)

Field Grasshopper

Taxonomy: Orthoptera>>Caelifera>>Acridoidea>>Acrididae>>Gomphocerinae

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Chorthippus brunneus Chorthippus brunneus Chorthippus brunneus

Status: British Isles native species.

Description: Brownish but colour varies, striped and mottled forms with parts of the body varying from buff through orange to purple. Sharply incurved pronotal side-keels. Underside of body is distinctively hairy in both sexes.

Size: 15-25 mm

Wings: The species is winged, flies well and has been known to swarm. Wings reach beyond the hind-knees.

Stridulation: Short, brisk chirp repeated at short intervals

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Calling song. Two verses, interval between verses shortened.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Calling song at lower temperature.
Source: Baudewijn Odé

Calling song recorded with a bat detector.
Source: Malcolm Lee

Food: Herbivorous, feeding mainly on grasses.

Habitat: Short vegetation in dry, sunny situations; downland and coastal grassland. Eggs are laid into the soil.

Phenology: Long season with nymphs hatching from late March. Adults appear from June and may survive until early December.

Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
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