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 Blue-winged Grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens)

Blue-winged Grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens)

The blue-winged grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens) is not found in the UK, as far as I know, but has a wide distribution in Europe and Asia.  It is a cryptic species, which adapt their colours to their surroundings.  They like dry places with bare ground or low vegetation and are frequently found, like this one, in dunes.  I saw this one behind the dunes on Morouzos beach, Ria de Ortigueira, Galicia.  You would not know it from these photos, but they have blue wings!

Blue-winged Grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens)
Blue-winged Grasshopper (Oedipoda caerulescens)

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I am a retired entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.

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