Omocestus rufipes (Zetterstedt, 1821)

Synonyms/other combinations:
Omocestus ventralis

Omocestus rufipes: Male (NE-Greece, Lesbos, Vasilika, May 2019) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Male (Greece, Lesbos Island, Vasilika, mid-May 2019) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Male (Greece, Lesbos Island, Vasilika, mid-May 2019) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Male (Greece, Lesbos Island, Vasilika, mid-May 2019) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Male (Greece, Lesbos Island, Vasilika, mid-May 2019) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Male (Greece, Lesbos Island, Vasilika, mid-May 2019) [M] Omocestus rufipes: Male (Croatia, Biokovo, October 2015) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Male (Ticino) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Male [M] Omocestus rufipes: Female (Greece, Lesbos Island, Vasilika, mid-May 2019) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Female (Croatia, Biokovo, October 2015) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Female (S-France, Camargue, October 2013) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Female (S-France, Camargue, October 2013) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Female, brown [M] Omocestus rufipes: Female, greenish [M] Omocestus rufipes: Female [N] Omocestus rufipes: Habitat (Greece, Lesbos Island, Vasilika, mid-May 2019) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Habitat (S-France, Camargue, October 2013) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Habitat (S-France, Camargue, October 2013) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Habitat (S-France, Camargue, October 2013) [N] Omocestus rufipes: Habitat (Croatia, Biokovo, October 2015) [N]

Nutrition:
especially grasses

Habitat:
Omocestus rufipes inhabits drier places in heath bogs with open soils (former zones of peat removal, paths, etc.), dry fallen fens, reeds, wetlands, limestone grasslands with higher growing parts and open spots in a mosaic, old quarries and sometimes woodland clearings.

Life cycle:
Adults appear from May/June to October. The eggs overwinter on/in the ground.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
The only locally distributed species is sensitive to habitat changes, such as felting after abandonment, but also excessive grazing.

Remarks:
Omocestus rufipes occurs in central and southern Europe and across temperate Asia to Sibiria. In Europe it reaches southern England and Southern Scandinavia.



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