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Brown grasshopper - Dissosteira carolina

Brown grasshopper - Dissosteira carolina
Sterling Forest, Tuxedo, Orange County, New York, USA
July 1, 2006
Can this little grasshopper be identified? There were several of them in a small area. Thanks, Sandy

Carolina Grasshopper Nymphs
I am almost certain that these are nymphs of the Carolina Grasshopper or Dissosteira carolina. Both are well within the range of colour variations I've seen in this species, and this mottled grey one has the two pale dot markings on the side of the thorax that all the older nymphs seem to show to some degree, plus the typical flash marks on the insides of the thighs. The 'broken' ridging on the top of the pronotum also looks right to me, as well as the slightly flattened appearance to the top of the pronotum behind the ridge 'break'. Both of these nymphs would be in their fifth or last instar and their abdomens will get quite a bit plumper and longer before they molt on into adulthood.

 
Carolina Grasshopper
Hi Heimchen, Thanks so much for your ID and the detailed info. Sandy

 
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