Samiksha Jaiswal

Anacridium aegyptium

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Acrididae
Scientific name  Anacridium aegyptium
Rank  Species
Subphylum  Hexapoda
Order  Orthoptera
Genus  Anacridium
Phylum  Arthropoda
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Similar  Anacridium, Calliptamus, Oedipoda, Oedipoda caerulescens, Calliptamus italicus

Naturaleo anacridium aegyptium

Anacridium aegyptium, the 'Egyptian Locust', is a species belonging to the family Acrididae subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae.


It is present in most of Europe, in the 'Afro-tropical ecozone', in eastern Palearctic ecozone, in the Near East and in North Africa.

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It is one of the largest European grasshoppers. The adult males grow up to 30–55 millimetres (1.2–2.2 in) long, while females reach 65–70 millimetres (2.6–2.8 in) of length.

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Their body is usually gray, brown or olive coloured, the antennae are relatively short and robust. Tibiae of the hind legs are blue, while femora are orange. The hind femora have characteristic dark marks. It is easily identifiable also by the characteristic eyes with vertical black and white stripes. The pronotum shows a dorsal orange stripe and several white small spots. The wings are clear with dark marks.

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This species is folivore, essentially feeding on leaves. It is a solitary species, not harmful to crops. Adults can mainly be encountered in August and September in warm and dry habitats.

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After mating these grasshoppers overwinter as adults. Spawning occurs in spring just under the soil surface and the nymphs appear in April. The nymphs have the appearance of the adults, their color varies from yellow to bright green and ocher and the wings are absent or small, as they are gradually developed after each molting.

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  • Anacridium aegyptium var. rubrispinum Bei-Bienko, 1948 - Anacridium rubrispinum Bei-Bienko, 1948
  • Synonyms

  • Acridium aegyptiums (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Acridium albidiferum (Walker, F., 1870)
  • Acridium indecisum (Walker, F., 1870)
  • Acridium lineola
  • Acridium indecisum (Walker, F., 1870)
  • Flamiruizia stuardoi Liebermann, 1943
  • Gryllus aegyptium Linnaeus, 1764
  • Gryllus lineola Fabricius, 1781
  • Gryllus nubecula Thunberg, 1815
  • Orthacanthacris aegyptia (Linnaeus, 1764)
  • References

    Anacridium aegyptium Wikipedia

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