Status: British Isles native species.
Description: Green-coloured but often with brown wings and sometimes entirely brown coloured. Pronotal side-keels only very slightly incurved. Some adult females are a vivid pinkish purple.
Wings: Males are long-winged, while females are usually short-winged, but a fully winged form occurs (f. explicatus).
Stridulation: Buzzing with a rapid irregular pulse, repeated at varying intervals; similar to Heath Grasshopper but longer and quieter, lasting 3-5 seconds.
Food: Herbivorous, feeding mainly on grasses.
Habitat: Coarse grasses in a wide range of habitats such as sand dunes, saltmarshes, woodland rides, roadside verges, waste ground, valley wetlands and wet grassy moorland. The eggs are laid just below the soil surface.
Phenology: Long season with nymphs hatching in April. Adults appear by June and remain abundant through to September, some may survive into November.
Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
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