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What kind of Grasshopper please - Melanoplus islandicus - male

What kind of Grasshopper please - Melanoplus islandicus - Male
Campbelleville, Ontario, Canada
July 1, 2007
I'm pretty useless with grasshopper IDs... I can't seem to find a pattern to distinguish between them. The best I have done so far is to assume that this generally is a Short-horned Grasshopper (Acrididae). Can anyone help me get more specific? I don't even know if it's a nymph or an adult (though I'm leaning to nymph because I don't see any wings).

I think I've limited it down to Melanoplus islandicus

Moved
Moved from Melanoplus.

Moved

Nymph.
This is a nymph, probably of a species of Melanoplus. The black and white arcs on the thorax seems to be pretty much confined to nymphs in that genus.

 
This looks like a fourth instar nymph
(you can see tiny wing pads flipped upward), and it is definitely a Melanoplus. Reminds me of M. sanguinipes, but I don't think it is that. The wing pads are so tiny, that I suspect it is a short-winged species. The hind femur pattern is distinctive, and may help.

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