Ephippiger melisi Baccetti, 1959


Ephippiger melisi: Male (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Male (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Male (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Male (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [M] Ephippiger melisi: Male, abdomen, view of lower side (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [M] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Female (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [M] Ephippiger melisi: Habitat (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Habitat (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N] Ephippiger melisi: Habitat (Italy, southwestern margin of Gran Sasso National Park, 900m, late September 2016) [N]

Habitat:
Ephippiger melisi inhabits mountain meadows and pastures with single bushes and forbs in medium high elevations from about 600 up to 1600m.

Life cycle:
Adults appear between late July and October. They are found both on the ground and on bushes or forbs.

Remarks:
Ephippiger melisi is endemic to Central Italy (Apennines) and is found e.g. in the Gran Sasso region.

Hints on determination:
The animals are larger compared to E. ruffoi. The ovipositor of Ephippiger melisi is longer.



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