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Scudder's Short-winged Grasshopper - Melanoplus scudderi - male - female

Scudder's Short-winged Grasshopper - Melanoplus scudderi - Male Female
Power line right-of-way, Duke Forest, west of NC 751, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
October 1, 2004
Size: 18 mm (M) , 24 mm (F)
A view from the other side, showing the rather contorted mating posture. Capinera, Field Guide to Grasshoppers (1) has a similar photo of mating Melanoplus differentialis, figure 15:
Note that the male has his abdomen twisted below the female's abdomen. This is a remnant of mating behavior found in ancestral species, wherein the female mounts the male.

Interesting, in most crickets and katydids, the female mounts the male for mating, shown in figure 16 of Capinera. (1)

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Scudder's Short-winged Grasshopper - Melanoplus scudderi - male - female Scudder's Short-winged Grasshopper - Melanoplus scudderi - male - female

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