Grasshoppers of Europe

Splendid Bush-Cricket Andreiniimon nuptialis

Photo: Matjaž Bedjanič

European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation (ECOCIII) 19-21 march 2020

!!UPDATE: the congress is postponed to 2021 due to the situation around the coronavirus! More information will follow soon. 

The third European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation (ECOCIII) will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands from 19-21 march 2020. It will be combined with the 16th biannual meeting of the German Society for Orthopterology (DGfO). The venue is the completely renovated Naturalis Biodiversity Center, which in 2020 celebrates its 200-year anniversary. Besides attending an exciting program, extending one's network and meeting old acquaintances, the meeting also offers a unique opportunity to consult and work in the Orthoptera collection of Naturalis. 

Registration has closed. It may be possible to attend the congress, but the lecture program is full. In case of questions please contact the coordination team at

Accomodations: we advise you to book a hotel room as soon as possible, as in the same period a big medical convention will be held in Leiden. Therefore the number of hotel rooms will be limited. You can find most accommodations through or The Netherlands is quite expensive. A hotel room will cost at least 100 euro per night, for a single or double room. So sharing a room can save you a lot of money. Cheaper options might be Airbnb, and such. You could also consider looking for a hotel in nearby Den Haag or Amsterdam, from where you can reach Leiden by train in 20 and 40 minutes, respectively. 

General layout of the meeting
19-III: arrival of participants, evening: icebreaker and diner
20-III: first congress day, in the evening: diner and pub quiz
21-III: second congress day, afternoon DGfO


PROGRAM (concept)


19 March (Thursday)

Café Olivier, Hooigracht 23, Leiden
19.00-20.00 registration
19.00-22.00 drinks & diner


20 March (Friday)

Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Darwinweg 2, Leiden


08.00-09.00 Registration

09.00-10.30 Session 1 (chair Axel Hochkirch)
09.00-09.10 Welcome by Luc Willemse & Axel Hochkirch  
09.10-09.45 Michael Samways Orthoptera in the current debate surrounding global insect decline and strategies for reversing it
09.45-10.00 Roy Kleukers History of Orthoptera study in the Netherlands.
10.00-10.15 Sophie Ogan Population status and trends of Orthoptera in Rhineland Palatinate
10.15-10.30 Joost Vogels The effect of food quality on grasshoppers.

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.30 Session 2 (chair Axel Hochkirch)
11.00-11.15 Lara-Sophie Dey, Axel Hochkirch, Abdelhamid Moussi & Martin Husemann Diversification in and around the Atlas Mountains – The genus Thalpomena Saussure, 1884 and its allies
11.15-11.30 Simeon Borisov & Dragan P. Chobanov Phylogeography of subgenus Hamatopoecilimon
11.30-11.45 Timo Wehrt An evaluation of the Mediterranean species of the band-winged grasshopper genus Acrotylus Fieber, 1853 using DNA barcoding
11.45-12.00 Matthias Dolek A governmentally funded grasshopper monitoring scheme in Baden-Württemberg – methods and perspectives
12.00-12.15 Oliver Hawlitschek, Ortiz Valencia & R. Pereira Phylogenomics of Acrididae (Insecta: Orthoptera): More genes, more resolution?
12.15-12.30 Giacomo Ortis, Isabel Martinez Sanudo, Federico Marangoni, Corrado Perin, Paolo Fontana, Giacomo Cavaletto & Luca Mazzon Genetic populations structure of the outbreaking bush-cricket Barbitistes vicetinus Galvagni & Fontana, 1993 (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) in its endemic area

12.30-13.50 lunch
13.50-14.00 group photo

14.00-15.30 Session 3 (chair Baudewijn Odé)
14.00-14.15 Anton Krištín, Ľudmila Černecká & Benjamin Jarčuška Distribution of two expansive Phaneroptera species (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae): case study from the Western Carpathians with  global perspective
14.15-14.30 Soňa Nuhlíčková Current distribution and habitat requirements of the Keeled Plump Bush-cricket (Isophya costata) at the north-western periphery of its range
14.30-14.45 Dragan Chobanov, Ionuţ Iorgu, Slobodan Ivković & Simeon Borisov Distribution and habitat of Onconotus servillei and Montana medvedevi within their westernmost range (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia): models and perspectives
14.45-15.00 Karim Vahed, Holly Turner & Rose Poston-Saynor Pitfall trap surveys of the three main populations of the Atlantic beach-cricket, Pseudomogoplistes vicentae, in the U.K.
15.00-15.15 Sebastian König Orthoptera assemblies and trait clines along elevational and time gradients
15.15-15.30 Nadejda Mocreac The distribution of Orthoptera and Mantodea insects in the wet biotopes of the republic of Moldova.

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 17.00 Session 4 (chair Baudewijn Odé)
16.00-16.15 Axel Hochkirch Rediscovery and conservation status of two grasshopper species on Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain)
16.15-16.30 Michelle Lemonnier-Darcemont & Christian Darcemont Strategic conservation issue for the Albanian species, Peripodisma ceraunii
16.30-16.45 Paolo Fontana & Bruno Massa Status of Italian Orthoptera conservation
16.45-17.00 Fran Rebrina, Marko Pavlović, Karmela Adžić, Maks Deranja & Josip Skejo Towards the Red Book of Croatian grasshoppers and crickets
17.00-18.30 General assembly of the DGfO


Evening program

19.00-22.00: drinks, dinner and pubquiz
Café Olivier, Hooigracht 23, Leiden

21 March (Saturday)

Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Darwinweg 2, Leiden


08.00-09.00 registration


09.00-10.30 Session 5 (chair Luc Willemse)
09.00-09.30 Vasiliki Kati Orthoptera under the context of European nature conservation policy: the case of Chorthippus lacustris
09.30-09.45 Jens Schirmel The role of management, vegetation structure, and plant quality for Orthoptera in lowland meadows
09.45-10.00 Thomas Zuna-Kratky Evaluation of the Austrian agri-environmental scheme using grasshoppers as indicators
10.00-10.15 Armin Landmann Grasshoppers on dynamic riverbanks of the Alps: actual status, threats and conservation prospects
10.15-10.30 Jeroen van Leeuwen & Rob Felix The Western Saddle Bush-cricket (Ephippiger diurnus) in the Netherlands: occurence, decline and recovery


10.30-11.00 Coffee break


11.00-12.30 Session 6 (chair Luc Willemse)
11.00-11.15 Rowan Edwards Field Cricket & Wartbiter in the UK
11.15-11.30 Nefeli Kotitsa, Apostolos Trichas & Moisis Mylonas The Orthopteran fauna of Crete: new data and a preliminary biogeorgaphical analysis
11.30-11.45 Evangelos Kontogiannis, G.T. Papadoulis & A.E. Tsagkarakis Contribution to the biodiversity record of Orthoptera at Mt Penteli and Aghios Efstratios isl. (Greece)
11.45-12.00 Josip Skejo, Antun Jelinčić, Karmela Adžić, Maks Deranja, Marko Pavlović & Fran Rebrina Biogeography of the Adriatic Orthoptera
12.00-12.15 Szymon Czyżewski, Przemysław Żurawlew, Ryszard Orzechowski, Seweryn Grobelny, Michał Brodacki, Marcin Kutera & Paweł Radzikowski The Orthoptera distribution atlas of Poland, achievements and perspectives
12.15-12.30 Ionut Iorgu, Thomas Stalling, Dragan Chobanov, Gellért Puskás, Gergely Szövényi & Elena Iulia Iorgu Crickets and their secrets: Myrmecophilus acervorum is not always parthenogenetic


12.30-14.00 Lunch


14.00-15.30 Session 7 (chair Luc Willemse)
14.00-14.15 Luc Willemse Museum collections and conservation of grasshoppers
14.15-14.30 Baudewijn Odé Grasshopper sounds on Xeno-Canto
14.30-14.45 Anja Danielczak Conservation of Zeuneriana marmorata
14.45-15.00 Gergely Szövényi & Barnabás Nagy Balkan pincer grasshopper (Paracaloptenus caloptenoides) in Hungary - history, conservation status and future prospects
15.00-15.15 Nikita Sevastianov Reconstruction of the grasshopper song evolution (Orthoptera, Acrididae, Gomphocerinae)
15.15-15.30 Alina Schulz Altgrasstreifen in Naturschutzgebieten - eine Analyse der Heuschreckenfauna im Großraum Karlsruhe
15.30-15.45 Closing remarks




Chanan Aviv & Dror Tamir Industrial scale farming of grasshoppers as a food source
Louis F Cassar & Elisabeth Conrad Conservation status of Brachytrupes megacephalus (Lefèbvre, 1827) (Gryllidae - Orthoptera) in the Maltese Islands
Szymon Czyżewski Platycleis grisea and Platycleis albopunctata; valid species or different morphological forms?
Po-Wei Chen Citizen scientists revealed undocumented ecology of a once mysterious katydid
Robbe Cool The grasshopper that became a trainhopper. impact of Belgian railways on the distribution of Sphingonotus caerulans
Lara-Sophie Dey, 
Marianna V. P. Simões & Martin Husemann Environmental suitability and biogeographic history of the widely distributed band-winged grasshopper Sphingonotus (Sphingonotus) rubescens with a new record from Thailand (Acrididae: Oedipodinae)
Slobodan Ivković & Laslo Horvat Overview of the Serbian Orthoptera fauna – a preliminary checklist
Lena Jumpertz Predicting the future of the ongoing invasion of the bush cricket Meconema meridionale (Orthoptera: Ensifera: Tettigoniidae)
Federico Marangoni, Isabel Martinze Sanudo, Giacomo Ortis, Filippo M. Buzzetti, Paolo Fontana, Chiara Samassa & Luca Mazzon Preliminary assessment of the genetic populations structure of the endangered species Anonconotus italoaustriacus nadig, 1987 (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae)

Borbás Máté, Gellért Puskás & Gergely Szövényi Orthoptera fauna of Southwest Herzegovina and it’s conservational evaluation

Marko Pavlović, Lara Božičević, Karmela Adžić, Maks Deranja, Damjan Franjević & Josip Skejo Threatened tetrigids online: assessing pygmy rainforests before they are gone
Gellért Puskás, Márk László & Gergely Szövényi Horticulture spread of Mediterranean insects in Hungary (Orthoptera, Mantodea, Blattodea)
Howon Rhee The ugly duckling in the laboratory: A high percentage of brown colour Tettigonia viridissima when reared in the laboratory
Julia Somogyi & Gergely Szövényi Population size and habitat use of the endangered Large Banded Grasshopper - first steps of a regional conservation project in Hungary
Tatiana Tarasova & Varvara Vedenina Unusually rich and variable song repertoire in Chorthippus porphyropterus (Voroncovskij, 1928) (Acrididae, Gomphocerinae)
Varvara Vedenina & Tatiana Tarasova Taxonomic status of two subspecies of Stenobothrus eurasius Zubowski, 1898 (Acrididae: Gomphocerinae)