Harman Patil

Anacridium moestum

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Suborder  Caelifera
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Orthoptera
Superfamily  Acridoidea
Anacridium moestum
Similar  Anacridium melanorhodon, Anacridium, Cyrtacanthacridinae, Anacridium aegyptium, Red locust

Anacridium moestum, the Tree Locust, is a species of grasshoppers belonging to the family Acrididae.

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Description

Anacridium moestum can reach a length of 50–90 millimetres (2.0–3.5 in). These large and slender locusts show a mottled reddish brown or grey body, with a finely speckled green tegmina. Hind wings are pale blue with a black band. Hind tibiae are purple. Nymphs (hoppers) are yellowish green.

Distribution and habitat

This species is present in Africa (South Tropical Africa, Zimbabwe). These grasshoppes live on trees or shrubs in grassland with acacias.

Biology

Anacridium moestum feeds on Acacia, Zizyphus, Capparis aphelia, and gum-trees. These tree locusts may damage crops and fruit trees. They only occasionally swarm.

References

Anacridium moestum Wikipedia


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