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Red-legged grasshopper
Arcyptera tornosi

Roy Kleukers

Ant crickets of Central Europe

Roy Kleukers - 20 December 2013
Myrmecophilus acervorum from Germany. Photo Rene Krekels.
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The ant crickets (Myrmecophilus ) are one the Orthoptera groups in Europe which are diffcult to identify. In a new paper light is shed on the distribution and identification of the species in Central Europe and the northern mediterranean Basin. Myrmecophilus hirticaudus is reported from the island of Cres (Croatia), the first record outside Bulgaria and Ukraine. Old records of Myrmecophilus aquispina from Germany and Austria can be traced back to a misidentification of the forma major of M. acervorum.


Source: Stalling, T. & S. Birrer 2013. Identification of the ant-loving crickets, Myrmecophilus Berthold, 1827 (Orthoptera: Myrmecophilidae), in Central Europe and the northern Mediterranean Basin. Articulata 28 (1/2): 1-11.