Bury Wildlife

Grasshoppers Acrididae

Common Green Grasshopper - Omocestus viridulus

Length 14-23 mm. The female is always dorsally green but males can be olive-brown. They never have any red or orange on the abdomen. Winged and flies well, but wings never exceed the end of the body. Found in coarse grass in moist situations. It is often abundant in parkland, meadows and along woodland rides. The first of the grasshoppers to appear in numbers, nymphs can be found from late April or May. Adults appear from July and survive into November. Side keels (Seen Back of head/neck) narrower at front than at rear and slightly indented. Several colour forms shown.


Meadow Grasshopper - Chorthippus parallelus

The pronotums of these two have almost parallel side keels. Length 10-23 mm. 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. Males are long-winged, while females are usually short-winged. It is found amongst long grass, which it eats.Long season with nymphs hatching in April. Adults appear by June and remain abundant through to September, some may survive into November  


Common Field Grasshopper - Chorthippus brunneus

Side keels much narrower or deeply indented at middle than ends. Length 15-25 mm. Brownish, but the colour varies, striped and mottled forms occur with parts of the body varying from buff through orange to purple. Sharply incurved pronotal side-keels. The dark wedges on the pronotum don't reach the . Short vegetation in dry, sunny situations


Common Groundhopper - Tetrix undulata

Distinguished from grasshoppers by smaller size (c.10 mm), 'heavily armoured' appearance

and by its extended pronotum which covers the whole of the abdomen. Variable in colour,

from mottled grey/dirty green to various shades of brown/reddish/ black. This species

cannot fly.