Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oedipoda venusta Stål, 1861 (nom. invalid; non O. venusta of Fieber, 1853), described from San Francisco, California
Dissosteira pictipennis Bruner, 1905, described from California
Trimerotropis porrecta McNeill, 1901, described from California
Dissosteira venusta (Stål) Rehn, 1945
Relatively high pronotal crest cut only once (sometimes with a second shallow notch toward front). Wings rose-pink to red in color with a curved dark band across middle. Often produces an interrupted buzzing sound in flight.
Southwestern Oregon to northern Baja California Norte, mostly west of Cascades, Sierra Nevada, and deserts. Reported from Nevada, Idaho, Washington, and Alberta, but these locations are all probably outside of its natural distribution.
Mostly elevated areas of grassland, often on gravelly or rocky soil, often in open Oak scrubland or woodland. Sometimes becomes abundant on disturbed sites. Often associated with Trimerotropis bifasciata, T. occidentalis, and Dissosteira spurcata.
Overwinters as eggs laid in ground. Adults late spring to frost, but most common in summer.
Something of a misfit in Dissosteira, similar in structure, but smaller in size and strikingly different in having smaller wings of totally different coloration, and different in behavior.