Lesser Marsh Grasshopper Chorthippus albomarginatus (De Geer, 1773)
Crickets and Grasshoppers belong to the order Orthoptera and the current UK list contains around 30 species, including several known migrants and occasional accidentals. Nottinghamshire has 15 species on it's list and Lesser Marsh Grasshopper is one of several recent colonisers, first appearing here in 2000 and twenty years later, is often the most widespread and common species at any grassy site. Very similar to the Meadow Grasshopper, Lesser Marsh Grasshopper is a duller species, usually being straw or light green-coloured and distinctly less bright green than Meadow Grasshopper. The almost parallel side keels of the pronotum, are a good pointer towards identification and this Grasshopper is fully-winged, though the wings rarely reach the end of the abdomen.
Late instar Lesser Marsh Grasshopper Chorthippus albomarginatus nymph.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Chorthippus albomarginatus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Dr Robert Tansey. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). NBGRC.

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Updated January 2022

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