Contrasting patterns of macroptery in Roesel’S bush cricket Metrioptera roeselii (Orthoptera, Ensifera)

Szabolcs Szanyi, Antal Nagy, István A. Rácz, Zoltán Varga

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We studied the wing dimorphism in Roesel.s bush cricket populations. A total of 410 individuals (77 macropterous and 333 brachypterous) were sampled in seven sites. We found a high frequency (≤53%) of macropterous individuals in some meadows surrounded by forests. We measured the body weight, thorax weight, and abdomen weight in connection with macroptery vs brachyptery. We could find a positive correlation between macroptery and thorax weight. The abdomen weight of females showed high individual variation; thus the supposed trade-off between macroptery and lower fertility of females was not supported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-311
Number of pages13
JournalEstonian Journal of Ecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Body weight
  • Climate
  • Frequencies
  • Migration
  • Wing dimorphism
  • Wing musculature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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