Tettigonia caudata (Charpentier, 1842)

Tettigonia caudata: Male (Northern Greece) [N] Tettigonia caudata: Male (Engadine, September 2008), typical are the black thorns on the back femura and the purely green Thorax (brown only at the wing bases) [N] Tettigonia caudata: Male (Northern Greece, May 2010) [N] Tettigonia caudata: Female (Northern Greece) [N] Tettigonia caudata: Female (Askio-mountains near Livera, Northern Greece, July 2010) [N] Tettigonia caudata: Habitat: species-rich dry edges in Swiss Engadin, where also Leptophyes albovittata and Chorthippus apricarius occur [N] Tettigonia caudata: Habitat in Northern Greece, where also Celes variabilis occurs (Askio Mountains, July 2009) [N] Tettigonia caudata: Habitat in the more humid side of the spectrum (Olympus, July 2010) [N]

In most cases, carnal food (insects, etc.), but also partly plants.

As habitat serve usually dry warm, bushy and edge-rich habitats, mainly bushy grasslands, slopes, and occasionally fields if they are located in a richly textured landscape.

Life cycle:
The adults are generally found from June to October. I met adults already in mid-May 2010 near the coast in Northern Greece. The males attract attention by their loud singing as it is the case with the two other Tettigonia. Eggs are laid in the soil and the larvae hatch as many Tettigoniidae not until after the second winter.

Endangerment factors:
Locally this species is threatened by the uniformization of the landscape due to the still increasing land use pressures.

Tettigonia caudata is of eastern origin (Central Asia to Eastern Europe) and extends west to the eastern Switzerland (Lower Engadine) and to eastern Germany (Berlin).

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