Thursday, 16 August 2007

Common Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)

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

OTHER NAMES: Field Grasshopper
Featured Subspecies: Chorthippus brunneus brunneus
Length: 15-25mm
Wingspan: ? 
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A very common and widely variable species found in heath and grasslands throughout the UK and Europe, as well as North Africa and some of Asia.  It is fairly ubiquitous in Britain as one of the most species. While most commonly brown like the one above, the species can be green, purple and black among others.  Like many grasshoppers, they are often quite easy to hear from the undergrowth before you see them.

Related Species:
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Acrididae
Genus: Chorthippus 
SUBSPECIES: C. b. brevis, C. b. brunneus

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

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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