graceful grasshopper

(Melanoplus gracilis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

graceful grasshopper

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N5 - Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon

Flight/Season

Mid July to early October

Habitat

Shrubby areas of moderatley moist woodlands, thickets, old fields

Size

Total Length: X¾ to X¾

Wingspan: X¾ to X¾

 

Identification

This is a small spur-throated grasshopper.

There is a black lateral stripe behind the eye that continues across the upper thoracic shield (pronotum). The lower half of the pronotum is white.

The abdomen has bold black markings.

The wings are rounded, very short, and widely separated. They do not overlap over the back.

The forelegs and midlegs are green. The third segment of the hind leg (femur) is green with no dark markings.

 
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Larval Food

 

 
Adult Food

Leaves of grasses and grassy agricultural plants.

 
Life Cycle

Eggs overwinter

 
Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 19, 29, 30.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids)

 

Suborder:

Caelifera (grasshoppers)

 

No Rank:

Acridomorpha

 

Superfamily:

Acridoidea

 

Family:

Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers)

 

Subfamily:

Melanoplinae (spur-throated grasshoppers)

 

Tribe:

Melanoplini

 
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Common
Names

graceful grasshopper

graceful narrow-winged locust

graceful spur-throat grasshopper

slender spur-throat grasshopper


 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

femur

On insects and arachnids, the third, largest, most robust segment of the leg, coming immediately before the tibia. On humans, the thigh bone.

 

pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.

 

 

 

 

 

       

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