Subject: Grasshopper in Andalucia, Spain
Location: Mijas, Andalucia, Spain
March 16, 2017 11:57 pm
Hello,
this large grasshopper or cricket on the picture is quite common close to Malaga city. I see them when walking on open fields with bushes and rocky landscape, or small roads not far from the coast. I have tried to identify it but no success, can you maybe help?
Thanks,
Pasi
Signature: Grasshopper in Spain

Deceptive Stone Grasshopper

Dear Pasi,
We quickly identified your Grasshopper as a female Deceptive Stone Grasshopper,
Acinipe deceptoria, from the family Pamphagidae thanks to images posted on the Red List site for Threatened Species where this image is cached.  We verified the identification on Invertebrados Insectariumvirtual and on FlickR.  According to Orthoptera and their Ecology:  “Acinipe deceptoria inhabits dry and hot, often grazed mountain slopes whith open scrub in altitudes mostly between 400 and 1850m asl.”

Location: Mijas, Andalucia, Spain

7 Responses to Deceptive Stone Grasshopper from Spain

  1. Nicole Daly says:

    We found one whilst on holiday in Mijas, unfortunately being attacked by wasps. We tried to rescue the poor thing but the ants got ahold of him/her over night.
    I’ve since found this post and it’s a shame to hear that they are on the endangered list.

  2. Nicole Daly says:

    We found one whilst on holiday in Mijas, unfortunately being attacked by wasps. We tried to rescue the poor thing but the ants got ahold of him/her over night.
    I’ve since found this post and it’s a shame to hear that they are on the endangered list.

  3. Chris von Zastrow says:

    Hola,
    Today we also found one on the property below Mijas Pueblo. We’ve put it in the garden away from preying bird’s view.

  4. Chris von Zastrow says:

    Hola,
    Today we also found one on the property below Mijas Pueblo. We’ve put it in the garden away from preying bird’s view.

  5. Terry Steward says:

    We have one on our security bars on our Patio doors

  6. Graham says:

    Great web site…..
    We have had a deceptive stone grasshopper on our terrace for a few days now, (Mijas Pueblo), wouldn’t have id’d it without your info, thanks

  7. Graham says:

    Great web site…..
    We have had a deceptive stone grasshopper on our terrace for a few days now, (Mijas Pueblo), wouldn’t have id’d it without your info, thanks

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