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Grasshopper - Omocestus rufipes - Male
Grasshopper - Omocestus rufipes - Male

Omocestus rufipes
Omocestus rufipes (synonym: Omocestus ventralis) belong to the genus Omocestus, in the order Orthoptera or Saltatoria, the suborder Caelifera (grasshoppers and locusts), the infraorder Acrididea, the superfamily Acridoidea, and the family Acrididae. Omocestus rufipes are widespread from southern Scandinavia to northern Africa, and especially in the Mediterranean region. However this species is not common and is actually endangered in Germany.
Omocestus rufipes
Omocestus rufipes
Omocestus rufipes
Omocestus rufipes
Omocestus rufipes prefer dry, open, sparsely vegetated habitats, especially in mountainous areas. This includes sandy, stony or rocky areas with extremely dry vegetation and grazed sheep pastures, dry grasslands, heaths, roadsides, slopes, forest clearings and edges of marshes, all of which are exposed to the sun. Omocestus rufipes are active from the beginning of July to November and feed on grasses.

The fertilized females lay their eggs in summer or autumn in the root zone of plants or in the upper 2 cm of the soil layer. The eggs overwinter there. The larvae hatch in the spring and develop through four larval stages from June to November to become adults.
Omocestus rufipes - female
Omocestus rufipes - female

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1. Grasshopper - Omocestus rufipes - Male
2. Omocestus rufipes
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4. Omocestus rufipes - female
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