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Acrididae nymph - Boopedon auriventris

Acrididae nymph - Boopedon auriventris
Sy Runkel, Monona County, Iowa, USA
May 31, 2014
Loess Hills prairie remnant
black light

I'm pretty sure this is a baby Boopedon auriventris
It's a locally common species from Nebraska to Texas & w. Arkansas, and is known from several locations in Iowa.

Moved from Short-horned Grasshoppers.

 
Thank you.
Can you tell me anything about the genus name? I think it's fun.

 
To be honest, I've never thought to look up the meaning.
For kicks, I just did a Google search, and while there seem to be many slang meanings, I found no "real" meanings (perhaps there is something in Latin or Greek that I missed?); none seems to be the meaning I'm looking for. There is 'Betty Boop', but I don't see how she could be related. It does seem to be a contemporary abreviation for "blown out of proportion", which sort of fits the big-headed lubberly nature of these things (but I expect that's not really it either). Maybe it was just fun sounding to the author of the name too?
As for the common name "Boopie", I think that came from people working with the hoppers, because it was easier to say than any of the published common names (and more fun). We called them "Boopies" back in the 70's when I was in college and while I was working for USDA, but I expect it goes back to considerably before that. I never saw the name in a book until much more recently.

Along the same lines, I've called Trimerotropis pallidipennis " T.P." [teepee] for long enough that I don't remember the first time, yet it's in no book.

 
Again, thanks.
I enjoy learning some of these tidbits and this one made me smile as well.

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