Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860)

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English Southern oak bush cricket Status LU: established. 1st record: 2006.
Lëtzebuergesch Südlechen Eechen-Heesprénger Status Eur.: native to Southern Europe.
Français Méconème fragile RA: ISEIA: C2. Harmonia+: n/a.
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Report the species

Report Meconema meridionale to the National Museum of Natural History.

Brief description

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Info from Proess 2010: “Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860) is an Adriato-Mediterranean faunal element. Its closed distribution area originally extended from Sicily to the Alps and from the western parts of southern France (Hérault department) to Slovenia and Istria (Detzel 1998). Since about 1960, the species has spread strongly northwards and has now reached England as well as Belgium and the Netherlands (Kleukers et al. 2004) (Jennings 2005).”

“The purely carnivorous feeding species colonises different shrub and tree species such as maple, oak, lime, hornbeam, privet, chestnut or horse chestnut. Evidence is also found, however, in climbing and climbing plants. The eggs are preferably laid in the cracked bark of trees.”

Status and distribution in Luxembourg

Records of Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860) in Luxembourg. Data source: Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2024-07-14.

In Luxembourg, Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860)  was first observed by M. Weitzel on 2nd September 2006 in Wasserbillig (Municipality of Mertert). Other observations were made by M. Weitzel (August 2009 in Mertert and Wasserbillig), R. Proess (October 2009 in Heisdorf) and Marc Meyer (October 2009 in Luxembourg-Grund) (Proess 2010).

15 observations are documented in the portal (MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020).

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol

C2 (2+1+1+1) (Ries et al. 2017: 69).

Harmonia+ protocol

Overall risk score 0,03 = (Overall Invasion score 0,64 x Overall Impact score 0,06) (evaluated by Jennifer Cross, Svenja Christian and Roland Proess).


Worldwide distribution


  • GBIF, 2019. Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860) in GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset [accessed 2020-02-10]
  • MNHNL, iNaturalist & GBIF, 2020. Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860) in MNHNL-mdata, online portal combining species observation from Recorder-Lux, iNaturalist and GBIF. National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg. URL: [accessed 2020-04-10]
  • Proess, R., 2010. Die südliche Eichenschrecke Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860) – eine neue Heuschreckenart in Luxemburg (Insecta, Orthoptera, Tettigonidae). Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 111: 121-124. [PDF 253 KB]
  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]

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