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. Lines on shoulders incurved, marked white or cream.
- pronotal incurved towards the head
- pronotal edges with white or cream lines
- usually green on the sides (never purple or red)
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.
Common and widespread in Britain.
Locally common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Locally abundant, but less common than formerly; prefers old grasslands.
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