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"Lucy" from Bedford museum

Observed: 2nd February 2011 By: AndyBanthorpe
Bedfordshire Moth Group
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lucy  side view with scale
lucy  head view with scale
lucy abdomen ventral view with scale
Description:

The label reads "Lucy lived in Bedford Museum from 6th Feb to 3rd Oct 1929". It is suspected that it is a species of locust? Any help with id or features to look for welcomed as it is a preserved dried specimen on cotton wool in a box.

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Michael Skelton's picture

Egyptian Grasshopper

This circum-mediterranean species is sometimes introduced with produce. The striped eyes are diagnostic.

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Thanks for the id!

Thanks to Ophrys and Michael for identifying this for me - I was sure someone on iSpot would know which species it was.

Andy Banthorpe
Joint Macro-moth recorder for Bedfordshire, VC30
www.vc30moths.org.uk

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"Lucy" from Bedford museum

The Egyptian Grasshopper features in the book by Evans and Edmondson*. The vertical bars down the eyes are mentioned and also three transverse bars across the pronotum - as shown in your images. If viewed from above there should also be a prominent central keel along the pronotum.

*A Photographic Guide to the Grasshoppers and Crickets of Britain and Ireland p.108

ISBN 978-0-9549506-1-3