Saturday 18 July 2015

A pair of common field grasshoppers

 I found a pair of common field grasshoppers, Chorthippus brunneus, in the wildlife garden. They were basking on a stone near each other (see photo below) and I managed to approach closely, so that their distinctive hairy underside is visible. They are a variable species, with pink and orange forms, but this population is made of brown, mottled ones. They are winged, and therefore good colonisers, with their folded wings sticking beyond their knees. The male is smaller and has a brightly coloured abdomen and longer antennae. Check the species page of Orthoptera & Allied Insects for more information.

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