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bright green 5th instar melanoplus - Melanoplus

bright green 5th instar melanoplus - Melanoplus
Between Sedona and Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
May 24, 2015
This was a very striking bright green Melanopline nymph, 5th instar, with bright blue hind tibiae....but which species ?
Many thanks for your time and expertise....Denise K.

It could be M. lakinus also.
In fact, that would be a second choice. I'm fairly sure that the pinkish fellow isn't M. lakinus though.

One thing that bothers me about this one being M. lakinus is that the mid-line of the pronotum is cut pretty near the middle. Normally it would be further back in M. lakinus. However, even that trait can vary somewhat, particularly in long-winged individuals, which this one will almost certainly be.

Same problems in central Arizona with similar looking Melanoplus nymphs as in central Texas, just not all the players are the same.

Moved from Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids.

Quite probably the same species as the pinkish one,
but I'm not certain. I'm guessing this one is female, but I'm not certain of that either (color has nothing to do with gender though). isn't a Lakin ? isn't a Lakin ?

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

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