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Abdominal structure of Grasshopper - Dichromorpha viridis - female

Abdominal structure of Grasshopper - Dichromorpha viridis - Female
Auburn, Alabama, USA
August 20, 2004
Can anyone explain the unusual structural nature of the abdomen on this grasshopper?



Dichromorpha viridis - I think
Nasty way to go. I sure wouldn't want to catch anything like what killed this one! It looks like it died freshly molted out of the last nymphal skin, since the wings are not spread, yet they are adult wings. It is female.

I'd say it has succumbed to a fungal infection.

And check this
Apparently fungus is actually used to control grasshopper populations.

Fungal infections
Thanks Troy. Your references are most interesting reading. I tend to agree that this specimen has a microbial infection of some type.

Some reading
Here's an article which describes how a fungus infected an ant. Interesting reading.

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