Common Field Grasshopper - Chorthippus brunneus

Alternative names
Field Grasshopper

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 base. Underside of body is distinctively hairy in both sexes. The species is winged, flies well and has been known to swarm.

Identification difficulty

Short vegetation in dry, sunny situations.

When to see it

Long season with nymphs hatching from late March. Adults appear from June and may survive until early December.

Life History

Herbivorous, feeding mainly on grasses. Eggs are laid into the soil.

UK Status

One of the commoner grasshoppers, found throughout most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire but less so in Rutland.

Further Information

Present throughout Leicestershire, although few records for Rutland; in gardens, waste ground, verges and heathland; usually abundant where it occurs.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map