Mottled Grasshopper - Myrmeleotettix maculatus
Length 12-19 mm. This is a small grasshopper with many colour variations. Clubbed antennae of males and thickened antennal tips of females are distinctive, both lack white tips. The side keels of the pronotum are deeply indented.
It lives in dry, sunny places where the grass is short and there is bare ground or rocks. Railway sidings, old quarries, heathland and coastal areas are the main habitats where it is found.
Nymphs hatch from end of April to June. Adults appear by mid June through to October.
Herbivorous, mainly grasses.
It is widely distributed but not common in the UK
Rare and only found at a few localities in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Only recorded from Charnwood Forest and nort-west Leicestershire, preferring stony places with sparse vegetation.
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