grasshopper on chalk heathland (north downs)
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You don't happen to have a photo showing the tips of the antennae do you? One of the distinguishing features of Rufous Grasshopper is that the antennae are clubbed, with a pale tip, and unfortunately your photo stops just short of the vital bit!
This is a fairly rare southern species, usually on chalk or limestone grassland. Certainly worth reporting to Peter Sutton for the recording scheme:
Entomologist and biological recorder
I've uploaded a couple more photos and will email them to Peter Sutton.
Headley Heath is chalk heathland/grassland on the north downs.
Peter Sutton confirmed the ID as a female G. rufus.
Thanks for the extra photos. It's still looking like Rufous Grasshopper to me, a female I think (the males have more of a club on the antennae and their abdomen is a bit shorter compared to the wing length).
Hello Topsi, LNHS run a grasshoppers and crickets field study day every summer at Bookham Common. We see Rufous Grasshoppers every time. Next one will be 10 July 2010, so get yourself along !! Our meetings at Bookham are generally on the second Saturday of each month. M.
...but I'll put the date in my diary (especially as I live in Bookham!)
Lat/Lng: 51.2, -0.3
OS grid ref: TQ2053