Oedaleus (genus)

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Oedaleus Fieber, 1853

This genus of grasshoppers contains around 30 species and is found in arid and semi-arid areas of Africa and Asia. Several species are considered agricultural pests, e.g. Oedaleus senegalensis in the Sahel and other regions.

The pest species can form loose swarms and migrate short distances to reach food plants. The genus is characterized by the whitish colour pattern on the pronotum resembling an X, the absence of a prosternal process and the vertical shape of the frons.

Type species: Oedaleus nigrofasciatus

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: