Common green grasshopper

Common green grasshopper ©Chris Lawrence

Common Green Grasshopper

Scientific name: Omocestus viridulus
The Common Green Grasshopper can be found in damp meadows and woodland rides throughout summer. Males can be seen rubbing their legs against their wings to create a 'song' for the females.

Species information

Statistics

Length: 1.4-2.3cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

April to September

About

An invertebrate of damp meadows, woodland rides and hillside pastures, the Common Green Grasshopper is widespread in the uplands, but has a more patchy distribution, and may be declining, in the lowlands. It is the earliest grasshopper to appear in the spring, hatching in April and moulting into adult form in June. Males can be seen displaying to females by rubbing their legs against their wings to create a 'song' - in this case, it is a long, loud, 'churring' noise. After mating, the eggs are laid in the soil ready to hatch the following spring.

How to identify

The Common Green Grasshopper is mostly green, but sometimes has brownish sides. Most grasshoppers are best identified by their songs: the Common Green Grasshopper's characteristic long, loud song lasts 20 seconds or more, and sounds like the ticking of a free-wheeling bicycle.

Distribution

Widespread.

Did you know?

When grasshoppers sing it is known as 'stridulation'. They create this noise by rubbing their hind legs against special comb-like structures on their forewings.

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland habitats sympathetically for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. Careful grazing with traditional breeds, hay-cutting at the right time and scrub clearance are just some of the ways grasslands are kept in good condition - supporting invertebrates and, in turn, the larger animals that prey on them. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too, and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.