Italian locust (Calliptamus italicus)

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Italian locust (Calliptamus italicus)
Italian locust
Distribution
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia (country), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, China, Algeria
Taxonomy
Family:Acrididae
Subfamily:Calliptaminae
Genus:Calliptamus
Additional resources
Full taxonomy from OSF

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The Italian locust (Calliptamus italicus) is found throughout western Europe and central Asia. This species has been reported as a pest since medieval times and outbreaks still occur commonly today. In the Siberian steppe this locust can reach densities of over 20 million individuals per hectare.

Nomenclature

Calliptamus italicus (Linnaeus, 1758). For full nomenclature, see this taxon's page on Orthoptera Species File.


Identification

Phase Stage Color Wings Legs
Gregarious nymph
Gregarious immature adult
Gregarious mature adult
Solitarious nymph
Solitarious immature adult
Solitarious adult

Identification resources

Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
Orthoptera Species File View URL Species identification, Biology English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania Orthoptera Species File Online



Distribution

The Italian Locust (also known as the stout-bodied grasshopper) is found throughout Western Europe and Central Asia.

For more information and distribution records see [GBIF]

Biology

Life cycle parameters
Phase Developmental time
Eggs
Hopper
Adult
Laying-fledging
Adult maturation
Total

Habitat and ecology

Land-use change

Pest status

This species has been reported as a pest since medieval times and outbreaks remain common to date. In the Siberian steppes this locust can reach densities over 2000 individuals m−2. [1] [2]

Recent outbreaks

Media coverage

Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
Italian island of Sardinia infested with locusts View URL Video, General locust education English Italy DW News 2022
Kazakhstan Tries To Ward Off Locust Invasion View URL Media article, Locust outbreaks English Kazakhstan The Times of Central Asia 2024



Organizations associated with the Italian locust

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Resources

Title Link Descriptive keyword Language Geographic purview Author Year
2014 evaluation of field trials data on the efficacy and selectivity of insecticides on locusts and grasshoppers View URL Pesticides, Management, Pesticide management, Chemical control English Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2014
CABI Green Muscle education videos View URL Video, Biological control, Biopesticide, Metarhizium acridum, Storage, Dosage, Application, PPE and cleaning Arabic, French, Russian, English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania 2021
CCA locust bulletins Forecasting, Report, Locusts, Locust outbreaks English Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Georgia (country), Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan FAO Locust Watch Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FAO Locust Watch bulletin for Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia View URL Forecasting, Information hub, Emergency alerts English Afghanistan, Georgia (country), Russian Federation, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan FAO Locust Watch Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Locust-Tec View URL Space, Aeronautics, Earth observation, Climate Change, Agriculture English Central Asia German Aerospace Center, Ministry of Agriculture Kazakhstan 2023
Report Technical Workshop on Locusts In Caucasus and Central Asia View URL Report, Monitoring, Public health, Forecasting, Management English Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia (country), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan FAO Locust Watch Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2022
Sustainable use and conservation of microbial and invertebrate biological control agents and microbial biostimulants View URL Management, Biological control, Biopesticide English Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International 2023


References

  1. Stolyarov MV (2000). Strategy and tactics of gregarious locust control. Zashchita Karantin Rastenii 10, 17–19.
  2. Le Gall M, Overson R, Cease A (2019) A global review on locusts (Orthoptera: Acrididae) and their interactions with livestock grazing practices. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: 263. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00263