The two new - Assen Ignatov
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The two new ....
The extraordinary diverse bush-cricket genus Poecilimon counts over 130 species in the Eastern Mediterranean and discovery of new species to science continues.
During our expeditions around the motley landscape of the Balkans and Anatolia we encountered insects that no one has ever seen before.
Climbing a desertous rocky slope we found a lonely male bush-cricket crawling between stones and snow patches that represented a new species to science. We call it in Latin "nivalis" (snowy). It is drawn on the left side of the illustration. Not far from its range a similar bush-cricket inhabits the oak groves at the mountain slopes facing the Mediterranean sea. We reared its nymphs to adulthood and realised we see another yet undescribed species. You can see that species depiced sitting on an oak leave.
Both species differ well in their song and morphology. I represent oscillograms of a one-second part of their songs below.
Genus Poecilimon still surprises us with its vast diversity and variety of forms. Living in an imminent danger of irreversible changing of our Planet, we should pay more attention on the surrounding environment, find beauty in nature and living creatures, and think… could we survive without all this variety?
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