The Grasshopper Saga (Saga ephippigera ephippigera) is a medium-sized insect. It is in the Saginae sub-family of bush crickets, from the family of the Katydids.
The Grasshopper Saga has varied colours, from light-green and dark-green to dark-brown or light-brown. Its head is usually darker than its body. The male has short wings, but the female is wingless. It has large antennae. Its legs have thorns.
It measures about 6-7 centimetres (2-3 inches) in length. The female is larger than the male.
The Grasshopper Saga is native to Asia, the Caucasus, and the Middle East, in countries such as Jordan, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. It is not present in the Balkans.
It is a diurnal grasshopper, active during the day. It eats foliage, such as grass and leaves.
It is a sit-and-wait predator, waiting for its prey to walk near it. It pounces on its prey in a sudden ambush.
The female Grasshopper Saga has an ovipositor, which is a tube used to lay eggs. The ovipositor is slightly arched upward. She lays eggs in loose soil, among plant roots or in rotting wood. She lays 10-60 eggs in late summer and they hatch in spring.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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