Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Broad bodied, brown grasshopper with clubbed, pale or white-tipped antennae. Mature males have orange tip to abdomen. Incurved pronotal side-keels. Some females are reddish-purple.
Stridulation: Soft but urgent buzzing which fluctuates slightly, dying away at the end.
Habitat: Rough dry grassland on calcareous soils. Typically on south facing slopes and in sheltered valleys where scrub is present or at the margin of woods.
Phenology: Nymphs hatch in late May. Adults appear by late July and can survive into December.
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