A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife
It is a medium-sized grasshopper characterized by a significant sexual dimorphism. The adult males grow up to 14–26 millimetres (0.55–1.0 in) long, while females reach 21–40 millimetres (0.83–1.6 in) of length. They can be encountered from July through October in fields, in dry meadows and arid environments. Calliptamus italicus is a polyphagous species, able to feed at the expense of various wild plants, but also on crops, especially legumes. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is among the species preferred by juveniles, but have been reported sporadic cases of infestation on corn and vine. (wikipedia)
This species is native of the steppes of Central Asia, but it is nowadays present in most of Europe, in estern Palearctic ecozone, in North Africa and in the Near East. (wikipedia)
I saw them in our garden. They love Alfalfa (Medicago sativa).
Spotted on Aug 10, 2012
Submitted on Aug 22, 2012