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Blue Winged Grasshopper

Oedipoda Caerulescens

Description:

Oedipoda careulescens is a medium-sized grasshopper, between 15 and 21 mm for males and between 22 to 28 mm for females. The body coloration varies greatly depending on the substrate on which the animals have developed: reddish brown, gray, yellowish, or even completely dark or bright. The forewings are crossed most often by two or three pale bands, but the most striking characteristic, very visible when the insect flies away, is the bright coloration of the hind wings, a beautiful turquoise highlighted with a black marginal stripe. Furthermore, the posterior femora have a notch on their upper surface. At rest, confusion is possible with other Oedipoda species such as O. germanica

Habitat:

This species occurs in Europe, North Africa and Asia. Oedipoda caerulescens frequents dry areas with low and open vegetation: dunes, heathlands, grasslands on sand and sunlit limestone rocks. Many stations correspond to land recently used for human activities, such as coal spoil heaps, quarries and pits, the ballast of railway tracks, etc. It is exclusively a terrestrial insect, and its cryptic coloration often matches its substrate. The female lays her eggs in bare, dry soil. In this species, acoustic emissions are virtually nonexistent. The diet consists mainly of grasses.

Notes:

spotted in PNPGerês,in the mountain,very well dessimulate this guy,photos are not nothing special,it was to much ligth

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Blue Winged Grasshopper
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3 Comments

MartinUrban
MartinUrban 8 years ago

your're welcome

@thanks Martin for the id

@Merci Emma,je parle un petit bout le français,dans les annés 70,j'ai fait 4 voyages au pays de la liberté :)

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

bien!

Portugal

Spotted on Aug 22, 2012
Submitted on Aug 26, 2012

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