Slender Groundhopper - Tetrix subulata


    Length 9-14 mm. Small grasshopper-like insect with wide 'shoulders' and a narrow tapering abdomen hidden beneath an extended pronotum. Females have a broad pale-brown stripe along the top of their bodies. Fully winged, they are capable of flight and adults can swim.

    Similar Species

    Only likely to be confused with a nymph of the Common Groundhopper, before the pronotum fully grows.

    Identification difficulty

    Bare mud and short vegetation in damp, unshaded locations.

    When to see it

    Late instar nymphs and immature adults overwinter and mature in spring. Nymphs appear from May to July; adults appear by August.

    Life History

    Herbivorous, feeding on algae, mosses and lichens. Eggs are laid directly into the ground or in low vegetation.

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in the Midlands and southern England.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    A few records throughout Leics and Rutland, probably under-recorded.

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

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