Conservation diary: Grasshoppers and other spring sightings

mike newby

Mike Newby is Estate Warden at The Dartington Hall Trust. He oversees Dartington’s numerous conservation programmes, often working closely with our volunteers to help nature flourish across the estate.

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April is the first month where you might be able to see or hear a Meadow Grasshopper, with sightings possible until the late autumn.

Meadow Grasshopper. Photograph taken by Vicky Churchill, Woodlands and Conservation Volunteer, in one of the grasslands on the Dartington estate
Meadow Grasshopper. Photograph taken by Vicky Churchill, Woodlands and Conservation Volunteer, in one of the grasslands on the Dartington estate

 

The Meadow Grasshopper mainly lives in damp pastures and meadows. They grow through a series of stages from wingless nymphs to winged adults, ridding their shells as they grow.

The nymphs are around from April onwards, emerging into winged adults in June. They feed on grass and plants until October.

The males can be seen displaying to females by rubbing their legs against their wings to create a song. Once the mating is over the eggs are laid just below the soil. The eggs will hatch the next spring.

Other things to look out for in April

Mike

 


 

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