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.
- Body weight
- Wing dimorphism
- Wing musculature
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics