Name: Common Green Grasshopper
Scientific name: Omocestus viridulus
Nature Stars: 40
About: An insect of damp meadows and hillside pastures, the common green grasshopper is widespread in the uplands, but more local and perhaps declining in the lowlands.
How to identify: Most grasshoppers are best identified by their songs. The Common Green Grasshopper's characteristic long, loud song, lasts 20 seconds or longer, and sounds like the ticking of a free-wheeling bicycle.
Fantastic fact: Grasshoppers sing by rubbing their big jumping legs against special comb-like structures on their front wings.
Photograph credit: Gilles San Martin