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Grasshopper

Observed: 31st August 2012 By: ophrys
Yorkshire Naturalists' Union
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Description:

Grateful for any help with this grasshopper, which has a very white face. Looks like internet pictures of Mottled, but I do not have a key to help me with them.

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I think this might be a brown

I think this might be a brown form of the Common Green Grasshopper - but not sure...

Rob Coleman

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Features

Which features need a view in order to get to species with these, for future reference? It was the white face which drew my attention to it.

I'll change the ID, pending any closer ID.

Ian
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A key feature is the degree

A key feature is the degree to which the side keels on the pronotum are incurved (needs to be viewed directly from above). These are very incurved in Mottled Grasshopper, more 'hourglass-shaped' in Common Green. However, I find this a really difficult character to judge!

Also colour is not much to go on with many 'hoppers

Mottled Grasshoppers are v. small and are restricted to open sany habitats with lots of bare ground.

Rob Coleman

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Habitat

Habitat was right, then, as this was on heathland with very short, sparse plants of Heather. Mottled is known from the site, but I would not describe this one as very small, so your suggestion of Common Green may well be right.

Thanks for your help.

Ian
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