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Back to albums list. Chorthippus brunneus Field Grasshopper. A medium-sized grasshopper with adults of both sexes fully winged. In top view the pronotal side keels are strongly angled at the front.

The forewings of both sexes have a costal bulge along their lower edge near the base. The body colour and pattern is highly variable. Most are partially or predominantly brownish with blackish and whitish stripes or spots that can render it very camouflaged against dead grass. Other individuals or predominantly green, or grey, or pink, or very dark brown and some have the back green, reddish or whitish in contrast to the rest of the body.

Spots and stripes can be virtually missing in some to create a much plainer appearance. The abdomen can be black banded in some, and variably red-tipped. The underside of the thorax is densely long-haired, and often the legs too. Nymphs can be coloured like the above or entirely golden-buff or pink. The rare C. It is the commonest grasshopper in drier parts of the south including urban settings, brownfield sites, downland, heathland, assorted coastal habitats, road verges and railway lines.

It becomes scarcer in the north but has been recorded almost to the north of Scotland. The song is the familiar series of short bursts of double chirps, and males will often alternate chirps with one another. It is usually the last grasshopper to persist and has even been recorded in December. A YouTube of a stridulating male can be seen here: www. Show more. Steven Falk By: Steven Falk.


Chorthippus brunneus (Thunberg, 1815)

Chorthippus brunneus , a member of the subfamily Gomphocerinae , are more commonly referred to as the common field grasshopper. At least two loci are responsible for pronotum color in C. Males attract females by singing via stridulation. While the average weight of females does not differ between high and low-density population conditions reproductive output is greater in low-density conditions compared to high-density conditions. In northern Spain C.


Common Field Grasshopper


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