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Estonian Journal of Ecology

Contrasting patterns of macroptery in Roesel’s bush cricket Metrioptera roeselii (Orthoptera, Ensifera); pp. 299–311

Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/eco.2014.4.07

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

Abstract

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.


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