Common Field Grasshopper

Common Field Grasshopper ©Philip Precey

Common Field Grasshopper

Scientific name: Chorthippus brunneus
The Common Field Grasshopper can be found in sunny, grassy areas, particularly gardens, throughout summer. Males can be seen rubbing their legs against their wings to create a 'song' for the females.

Species information

Statistics

Length: 1.8-2.4cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

May to October

About

Common and widespread, the Common Field Grasshopper is ubiquitous in any open, sunny, grassy area, including our gardens. Adults are present from June until late autumn, feeding on plants and grasses. A gregarious species, males can be seen displaying to females by rubbing their legs against their wings to create a 'song' - in this case, it is brief, single chirrup, repeated at short intervals. After mating, the eggs are laid in the soil ready to hatch the following summer.

How to identify

The Common Field Grasshopper is usually mottled brown in colour, with barring on the sides. It is most easily identified when seen up close as the very hairy underside becomes visible.

Distribution

Widespread.

Did you know?

There are about 25,000 species Orthopteroids worldwide - the order of insects that grasshoppers and crickets belong to. In the UK, there are 11 native species of grasshopper, including the Common Field Grasshopper, but about 30 species actually live and breed here.

How people can help

Our gardens are a vital resource for wildlife, providing corridors of green space between open countryside, allowing species to move about. In fact, the UK's gardens provide more space for nature than all the National Nature Reserves put together. So why not try planting native plants and trees to entice birds, mammals and invertebrates into your backyard? To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.