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_______________________________________________ Grasshoppers and Crickets 33 - Mediterranean Bush Crickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MEDITERRANEAN BUSH CRICKET Rhacocleis germanica (f) nymph

 

 

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MEDITERRANEAN BUSH CRICKET Rhacocleis germanica (f) nymph

 

 

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MEDITERRANEAN BUSH CRICKET Rhacocleis germanica (f) nymph

 

 

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MEDITERRANEAN BUSH CRICKET Rhacocleis germanica (f) nymph

 

 

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MEDITERRANEAN BUSH CRICKET Rhacocleis germanica (f) nymph

 

 

         There are several other similar species to the Mediterranean Bush Cricket Rhacocleis germanica in Southern Europe belonging to the same genus or to the closely related genus Pterolepsis and for which clear photographs of the abdominal appendages of adult males taken from several different angles would be required in order to identify the insect to species the shape of the ovipositor is not unique so females will need to be identified by association. Geography is important too. In this case knowing the location where the photographs were taken was key to obtaining an unequivocal identification by excluding any other possible candidates. These insects are brown, they possess short, non-functional vestigial wings (so short that it would appear that they cannot be seen at all in some cases although it is not known if there is any invisible wing-structure hidden underneath the pronotum in the case of R. germanica), and with very long, curved ovipositors in the females. Some of these are localised endemics restricted to Greece that have been geographically and genetically isolated and R. germanica is by far the most widespread Rhacocleis species. This (presumed) final instar female nymph was seen in the South of France (having compared the images with reference photographs the ovipositor is proportionally longer compared to the body length than it would have been in an adult). With thanks to Roy Kleukers for confirming the identification.

 

 

 

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