David Element

 

Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

 

 

____________________________________ Grasshoppers and Crickets 27 Portuguese Mountain or Iberian Bush Crickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (f)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (m)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (m)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (m)

 

 

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PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN BUSH CRICKET Antaxius spinibrachius (m)

 

 

         These photographs of adult female and male Portuguese or Iberian Mountain Bush Crickets Antaxius spinibrachius (the identification in this poorly recorded part of Europe is presumptive as there is a tendency for locally isolated insect species to become endemics) were taken at altitude near Olo in Portugal. These insects are not particularly large, but they are very well armoured, and their cryptic colouration is both beautiful and remarkably effective. The shapes of the male cerci and the female ovipositor are often useful identifiers for otherwise similar species of bush crickets so it is important to try to capture these features in photographs for later comparison with reference material, particularly if they have been taken in unfamiliar territory. With thanks to Roy Kleukers for provisionally confirming their identifications.

 

 

 

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