Phaneroptera nana

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Phaneroptera nana
Phaneroptera nana male.jpg
Phaneroptera nana. Male
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Phaneroptera
Species: P. nana
Binomial name
Phaneroptera nana
Fieber, 1853
  • Phaneroptera nana nana Fieber, 1853
  • Phaneroptera quadripunctata Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1878


Phaneroptera nana, common name Mediterranean Katydid, is a species of katydid belonging to the family Tettigoniidae subfamily Phaneropterinae. [2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This bush cricket is present in most of Europe, in the Near East and in North Africa.[3] As an invasive species, it has spread to the San Francisco Bay Area and may be widespread in the Los Angeles Basin.[4] It mainly inhabits sunny and dry habitats, especially shrubs and low branches of trees. [5][6][7]


The adult males grow up to 13–15 millimetres (0.51–0.59 in) long, while females can reach 15–18 millimetres (0.59–0.71 in) of length. The basic coloration of the body is light green, with many small black spots. Head, legs and wings are green. The eyes are bright orange. Hind wings are longer than fore ones (tegmina). [8] In some specimens the elytra reache the apex of the posterior femurs. [9] The ovipositor is about 5 millimetres (0.20 in) long and has the shape of a sickle.[6][10]


It can be encountered from July through October. [6]



  1. ^ BioLib
  2. ^ Eades D.C., Otte D., Naskrecki P.: Orthoptera Species File Online
  3. ^ Fauna europaea
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Ivkovic. 2017. Turkish Journal of Zoology 41(6):1084
  6. ^ a b c Ostravska Univerzita (in Czech)
  7. ^ Kočárek P., Holuša J., Vlk R., Marhoul P. & Zuna-Kratky T. (2008). "Recent expansions of the bush-crickets Phaneroptera falcata and Phaneroptera nana (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) in the Czech Republic" Articulata. 23 (1): 65–75.
  8. ^ Chopard. 1922. Keys at Faune de France (in French)
  9. ^ Griffini. 1908 Memoires de la Societé Entomologique Belgique
  10. ^ Strano16

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