The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
This species is widely distributed along the southern coasts of Britain.
Although known from a single old record for many years, it has been found at four sites within the past five years and is presumably widespread on the coastal cliffs and rough semi-natural vegetation inland.
Habitat & Ecology
It favours open vegetation on well-drained soils, especially along seacliffs. The nymphs are probably subterranean, feeding on roots.
Abandonment of rough grazing on coastal land and inland.
Many of the sites are within SSSI and/or on National Trust land.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.