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|Scientific: Anacridium aegyptium (Linnaeus 1764) |
English: Egyptian grasshopper
Adult female Egyptian grasshoppers can reach a length of 6.5cm and the size alone can help in identification. The male is smaller, growing to around 3.5cm. The colouration of the adults is generally grey, brown or olive coloured which gives them good camouflage against tree bark, with green examples occurring infrequently. The antennae are relatively short and robust. This is a common species around the Mediterranean.
Both sexes can fly well and at rest their wings are folded along the body and overhang slightly. If disturbed, these grasshoppers can also use their strong back legs for jumping. They prefer warm dry areas of scrub land, maquis and orchards where they hide amongst foliage and branches, passing slowly to the rear side of a branch to try and avoid detection.
The nymphs (young ones ) can be found in a variety of colours including green, brown and pale orange, a selection of which may be found feeding communally. They can be told apart from other grasshoppers by the shape and size of the pronotum and on close inspection they have a vertical striped pattern in their eyes, visible at all growth stages. These grasshoppers undergo several moults during their first months. It is not until they go through their last moult to adulthood that the wings develop fully, until this point they are only just visible as small wing buds, enlarging slightly with each moult.
This species is active throughout the year and can be found from sea-level to 1,500m. Their diet consists of various leaves and singly they will cause little damage.Eggs are laid in the spring just under the soil surface.
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You found it, hidden in the plant! Very well done, with very good sharpness and colours. I like its stripped eyes. Xairetw,
A fine macro shot of a Egyptian grasshopper with great clarity my friend.
TFS and cheers,