Meadow Grasshopper - Chorthippus parallelus


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.

Similar Species

Both this species and the Lesser Marsh Grasshopper have broadly parallel pronotal side-keels. The Meadow Grasshopper usually has black 'knees' on its hind legs whereas they are unicoloured in the Lesser Marsh Grasshopper.

Identification difficulty

It is found amongst long grass, which it eats.

When to see it

Long season with nymphs hatching in April. Adults appear by June and remain abundant through to September, some may survive into November.

Life History

The eggs are laid just below the soil and hatch the next spring.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Locally common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

Locally abundant; prefers damp old grasslands.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map