Metrioptera caprai Baccetti, 1956


Metrioptera caprai: Male (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Male (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Male (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Male (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Male (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Male (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female feeding on a caterpillar (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female feeding on a caterpillar (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Female (Italy, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Habitat on Mount Terminillo were low-growing junipers on the grassy slope (Rieti, Italy, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Habitat on Mount Terminillo were low-growing junipers on the grassy slope (Rieti, Italy, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Habitat (foreground) on Mount Terminillo were low-growing junipers on the grassy slope (Rieti, Italy, 1800m, late September 2016) [N] Metrioptera caprai: Habitat on Mount Terminillo were low-growing junipers on the grassy slope (Rieti, Italy, 1800m, late September 2016) [N]

Nutrition:
The species feeds on plants and other insects. I watched a female feeding on a caterpillar.

Habitat:
Metrioptera caprai inhabits higher growing places that are interspersed with dwarf shrubs (Juniperus). It lives on sunny mountain slopes between app. 1300 and 2200m.

Remarks:
Metrioptera caprai is endemic to the Apennines (Italy) and occurs there in several subspecies. The images from Monte Terminillo (Rieti) show the nominate subspecies.



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