Meadow Grasshopper - Chorthippus parallelus


Length 10-23 mm. Green-coloured but often with brown wings and sometimes entirely brown coloured. Pronotal side-keels only very slightly incurved. Some adult females are a vivid pinkish purple. Males are long-winged, while females are usually short-winged.


It is found amongst long grass, which it eats.

When to see it

Long season with nymphs hatching in April. Adults appear by June and remain abundant through to September, some may survive into November.

Life History

The eggs are laid just below the soil and hatch the next spring.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Locally common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Further Information

Locally abundant; prefers damp old grasslands.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map