Common Green Grasshopper - Omocestus viridulus

    Alternative names
    Green Grasshopper

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance
    • 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.

    When to see it

    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.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Locally common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    Locally abundant, but less common than formerly; prefers old grasslands.

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