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sauterelles (F)
acrídidos (ES)
gafanhotos (PO)
sprinkhaans (N)
cavaletti (I)
grashoppers, locusts (GB)

Large group of insects, which belong to the straight wing (Orthoptera). The walking, snapping and thorn grasshoppers are among the most feared plant pests. They eat them in the vineyard leaves, the young shoots and the bark young vines and can go through in bulk Defoliation destroy entire vineyards. Today, they hardly play any role as pests in Europe, but in the Middle Ages they were a feared and regularly occurring plague, which numerous sources in many countries report. In the years 1338 to 1340 the insects from Asia Minor fell in the vineyards of Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria. According to a contemporary report, they came in such huge swarms that they darkened the sun and devoured everything. In California and Australia they still cause considerable damage today. Locusts are mostly with insecticides fought. Because of their jumping ability and similarity, they are much more dangerous cicadas (Leaf hopper, English leafhoppers) often confused with the unrelated grasshoppers (grasshopper, English grasshoppers). See also under Vine enemies,


Insects have been covered since 2018 EU Regulation for novel foods. In the meantime, dishes with insects are offered in the shops. For wine lovers, the question arises what drop to be served to locusts, mealworms and crickets. Fried insects have relatively little taste of their own. Therefore it is best not to match aromatic and not to acid-stressed White wines, for example Pinot Blanc or Chasselas, Red wines, on the other hand, cover too much, especially in Barrique developed.

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