Meadow grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus

Best time to see: late Jun to Oct

Key facts

A grasshopper found in numbers in any sunlit grassland, provided it is not cut too short or too often

Common throughout Britain

Grasshoppers (unlike bush-crickets) have short antennae and are diurnal and vegetarian


Predominantly green, but often with grey or brown stripes on the side of the abdomen; up to 25mm

Powerful hind legs allow it to leap to safety when threatened

Call consists of a sequence of repeated notes, repeated again every 3–4 seconds


Eggs are laid into the soil in summer and hatch the following spring

Adults are present from late June onwards

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Photo © Tony Gunton