Thursday, 16 August 2007

Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus)

Adult Meadow Grasshopper (subspecies C. b. brunneus) at Geddington, Northants - July 2010

Length: 10-23mm
Wingspan: ? 
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

Along with the Common Field Grasshopper, the Meadow Grasshopper is one of the two common grasshopper species found in Britain.  However, it is a little smaller than the other species, and green rather than the (usual) brown of the Field Grasshopper.  This particular individual had lost one of its hind legs, but was still capable of the spectacularly large jumps that grasshoppers are famed for,

Related Species:
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Acrididae
Genus: Chorthippus
SUBSPECIES: N/A

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident seen in Summer
 - Common around Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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