Mottled Grasshopper - Myrmeleotettix maculatus

Description

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.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

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.

When to see it

Nymphs hatch from end of April to June. Adults appear by mid June through to October.

Life History

Herbivorous, mainly grasses.

UK Status

It is widely distributed but not common in the UK

VC55 Status

Rare and only found at a few localities in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

Only recorded from Charnwood Forest and nort-west Leicestershire, preferring stony places with sparse vegetation.

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