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.
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
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.
Terms & conditions
Colours show the year of the last record -
up to 1987
1998 up to present
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