Common Green Grasshopper Omocestus viridulus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Crickets and Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera and the current UK list contains around 30 species, including several known migrants and accidentals. There are 15 species currently known from Nottinghamshire. Common Green Grasshopper is indeed a common species of grassy areas, including meadows and woodland rides. This is another of the largely green or green and brown Grasshoppers, but there is never any red or orange colouration on the abdomen, a feature which helps towards identification. Adult females are green along the top of the head and pronotum, though can be green, brown or even bright purple elsewhere. The side-keels of the pronotum are gently incurved and both sexes are fully-winged.
Late instar Common Green Grasshopper Omocestus viridulus nymph
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Omocestus viridulus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Darren Matthews. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Rob Johnson.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2021

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