The Bow-Winged Grasshopper (Chorthippus biguttulus) is a small insect.
The Bow-Winged Grasshopper varies in colour from green to black-brown to rose pink. The male often has a red tip on its abdomen. It has long, strong hind legs that enable it to jump long distances. It has short antennae.
It grows to about 2 centimetres (1 inch) long. Females are larger than males.
The Bow-Winged Grasshopper is native to northern and central Europe, from Finland in the north to the Pyrenees mountains in the south. It prefers grasslands.
It is a diurnal grasshopper, active during the day. It eats foliage, such as grass and leaves.
The female Bow-Winged Grasshopper has an ovipositor, which is a tube used to lay eggs. The ovipositor is slightly arched upward. She lays eggs in loose soil, among plant roots or in rotting wood. She lays 10-60 eggs which hatch after about nine months.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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