Myrmeleotettix maculatus (Thunberg, 1815)


Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Male (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, September 2010) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Male (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, September 2010) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Male [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Male [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Female (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, September 2010) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Female (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, September 2010) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Female (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, September 2010) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Female [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Female (eastern Swabian Alb) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Male (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Female (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: A habitat on the eastern Swabian Alb: rocky slope, where the species is very abundant. [N] Myrmeleotettix maculatus: Habitat in N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013 [N]

Nutrition:
The species feeds on grasses, but also mosses and herbs.

Habitat:
Myrmeleotettix maculatus colonizes especially gappy sand grasslands, more rarely also stony calcareous grasslands, dry moorland with open peat spots or stony pastures in the mountains. Myrmeleotettix maculatus can be found, for example, in the Valais still at 2500 meters above sea level!

Life cycle:
Myrmeleotettix maculatus is very early adult from early or mid-June and can still be observed in early October. The eggs are deposited according to literature superficially into the loose substrate.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Myrmeleotettix maculatus is especially threatened by the loss of nutrient-poor sand and calcareous grasslands.

Remarks:
Myrmeleotettix maculatus occurs in Europe and temperate Asia to Siberia.