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Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Dark, greyish brown with little variation. The pronotum has incurved side-keels and dark wedge-shaped markings. In mature adults the abdomen develops an orange or orange-red tinge extending to the hind femora, which have two dark bands.
Stridulation: Buzzing with a rapid irregular pulse, repeated at varying intervals; similar to the Meadow Grasshopper but slower and louder, lasting 5-6 seconds.
Food: Heather and other heathland plants.
Habitat: Dry heathland, frequently in areas of pure heather without grasses. The eggs are laid just below the surface of the soil.
Phenology: Short season with nymphs hatching in May. Adults appear by late June and July but only survive until 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
Only Recording Scheme datasets are included. Other datasets on the Gateway may hold additional information.Open interactive map for all datasets in new window