Eyprepocnemis plorans

Eyprepocnemis plorans
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Suborder:Caelifera
Family:Acrididae
Subfamily:Eyprepocnemidinae
Genus:Eyprepocnemis
Species:
E. plorans
Binomial name
Eyprepocnemis plorans
(Charpentier, 1825)

Eyprepocnemis plorans, the lamenting grasshopper,[1] is a species of insect in the family Acrididae. It is the type species of the genus Eyprepocnemis, and is found in Africa, parts of the Middle East, and southern Europe. It typically inhabits wetlands and other moist habitats.

Description

This is a medium-sized grasshopper, with females growing to a length of about 4.5 cm (1.8 in), while males are slightly smaller. The general colour is greyish-brown. The head and prothorax have a central dark band edged with paler stripes. The eye has a longitudinal dark streak, a characteristic shared by Anacridium aegyptium, Heteracris annulosa and Heteracris adspersa. The femurs of the hind legs have greenish, blue and yellow striations, and the hind tibia have reddish or bluish iridescence, and black and white spines.[2]