Oecanthus pellucens (Scopoli, 1763)


Oecanthus pellucens: Male (Germany, Landau/Pfalz, August 2008) [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Female (Germany, Landau/Pfalz, August 2008) [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Female  (Germany, Landau/Pfalz, August 2008) [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Female (Ticino, October 2007) [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Female (Ticino, October 2007) [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Female lateral (Ticino, October 2007) [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Habitat at the Greek Mount Olympus [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Habitat in the Ticino [N] Oecanthus pellucens: Habitat in the Pfalz (SW-Germany): road side verges (late August 2008) [N]

Nutrition:
Flowers, plant parts and other small insects

Habitat:
Oecanthus pellucens inhabits warm and dry bushland, edges, roadsides, higher growing vegetation on dry slopes and similar locations.

Life cycle:
The adults appear from mid to late summer. I still found larvae often on inflorescences of Verbascum species in Northern Greece (Olympus) in July. The nocturnal species rests during the day mostly motionless in higher growing vegetation.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
In Central Europe Oecanthus pellucens is bound to the wine-growing climate. But here it finds hardly suitable habitats any more, as intense agriculture (crops such as wine or asparagus) keaves often no more room for native animals and plants. But global warming is likely to favor Oecanthus pellucens, however. In the south, it is still quite common.

Remarks:
Oecanthus pellucens is widespread in Southern Europe and Western Asia. In Germany it is found only locally, as in the Rhine Valley or near Regensburg, and missing in large areas.