Ground-hoppers are small species associated with sparse or open vegetation, where they feed on moss and algae. Adults can be found in both spring and spring – indeed, Common Ground-hoppers can be found as nymphs or adults at any time of year. They are inconspicuous and are best found by searching by eye or by sweeping open vegetation in suitable habitats.
Common Ground-hopper Tetrix undulata
Common Ground-hopper is the most commonly encountered species, recognisable by the string keel on the pronotum. In occurs in drier places than the other two species, for example, in woodland rides. (Photo R I Moyse).
Records for Common Ground-hopper in Kent. Map created using DMAP by Dr Alan Morton.
Slender Ground-hopper Tetrix subulata
Slender Ground-hopper is associated with marshy habitat, such as the bare ground around ponds and water-courses.
Records for SlenderGround-hopper in Kent. Map created using DMAP by Dr Alan Morton.
Cepero's Ground-hopper Tetrix ceperoi
Cepero's Ground-hopper is also associated with damp habitats, but generally in coastal habitats. Very similar to Slender Ground-hopper. (Photo R I Moyse).
Records for Cepero's Ground-hopper in Kent. Map created using DMAP by Dr Alan Morton.