LESSER MARSH GRASSHOPPER
DESCRIPTION: Length between 16 and 22mm. The main distinguishing feature of this insect are the side keels of the pronotum which are virtually parallel. Females a generally bigger and have a pale stripe on the edge of the forewing along with a slight bulge. Both sexes are a pale-brownish green. BEHAVIOUR: Easily disturbed from tussocks of grass. The song is a 1 second rattle that fizzes somewhat although a serious of assorted chirps can be used. DISTRIBUTION: Southern England but slowly spreading northwards. HABITAT: Damp meadows, riverbanks and fields particularly those prone to winter flooding. Salt marshes, dunes and dry meadows are also favoured spots. PERIOD: July to November.
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