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Grasshopper

Observed: 6th November 2012 By: spotted catspotted cat’s reputation in Invertebratesspotted cat’s reputation in Invertebrates
Grasshopper
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Green -v- brown

Most of the pictures I have found of A. hungarica show it bright green. Does it occur in brown too?

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Green - v- brown

I'm no expert! I've just posted a photo I took in Greece a couple of years ago, and which after some deliberation I identified as A. hungarica http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/304032. It is straw-coloured rather then brown - in fact, I thought it was dried vegetation until it moved. I identified it from Paul Sterry's Complete Mediterranean Wildlife Photoguide, which is all I've been able to find for identifying the normal run of Mediterranean insects. Googling suggests there are green and straw-coloured forms - possibly the latter is more common in Greece??

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Acrida turrita -v- Truxalis nasuta

Thanks for your ID, Michael. Can you say how T. nasuta differs from A.turrita, ie what makes you plump for the latter?

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Acrida/Truxalis

In Truxalis the rear half of the pronotum is raised at an angle to the front half. In your specimen the shape seems to be more typical of Acrida. Also the tips of the wings look quite pointed in your photo. Those of Truxalis are more rounded at the tip.

Michael

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Angled pronotum

I see what you mean. Does the same difference in the shape of the pronotum hold for the nymphs of the respective species? With the nymphs you don't have the wing shape to go by.

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Acrida/Truxalis

I'm afraid I don't know the nymphs!

Michael

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Nymph

I have posted an observation of a nymph which I think could be Truxalis based on the shape of the pronotum: http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/304973. I'll be interested to see what you and others think.