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Oedipodinae - Leuronotina ritensis - male

Oedipodinae - Leuronotina ritensis - Male
Mile Marker 4, Ruby Rd., Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
July 29, 2008
These have beautiful dark orange hindwings. They perched on bare, lichen-coverd rocks, on which they are well camouflaged. They were reluctant to move when disturbed. Their habitat and appearance remind me of descriptions of Leuronotina ritensis, except that the photo was not taken in the Santa Rita Mountains.

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Hi Doug
Missed this one till I got your note. Yes, that's indeed what it is. It's not unusual to find things away from where they are "supposed" to be, especially things like grasshoppers living on rocks. Not too far from the Santa Ritas, and similar habitat in this area, so not too surprising, and a great find. The Santa Ritas are probably the northern tip of a much more extensive distribution in Sonora. Won't surprise me much if they turn up in the Huachucas and maybe Peloncillos and Chiricahuas as well. Question - Did they buzz when they fly? (I'm just curious - I've never seen a living one myself - so far).

 
Thanks
I was more or less thinking along those lines. Still, I'm reluctant to call something like that on my own. In my work with butterflies, I've encountered folks calling something a rarity, or slightly outside of its reported range while overlooking something much more common that turns out to be the correct ID. I'd rather not do that.

This one was photographed in the Atascosas, which is a bit west of the ranges you suggested it might turn up in. I found it on two sites about a half mile apart. There was ample similar habitat in the area. Although you can hear them when they fly up, they don't make a buzzing or crackling sound- certainly nothing like, say, a Circotettix. I took a couple of specimens, which I'm mounting. I'll post a photo with the wings spread when they're dry. Thanks again for the ID.

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