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Subfamily Melanoplinae - Spur-throated Grasshoppers


Melanoplus foxi Hebard, 1923 (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Melanoplinae): Rediscovered After Almost 60 Years ...
By Derek A. Woller, Jovonn Hill
Transactions of the American Entomological Society 141: 545-57, 2015
full title: Melanoplus foxi Hebard, 1923 (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Melanoplinae): Rediscovered After Almost 60 Years Using Historical Field Notes Connected to Curated Specimens
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Locust: The Devastating Rise And Mysterious Disappearance Of The Insect That Shaped The American Frontier
By Jeffrey A. Lockwood
Basic Books, 2004
An interesting work that gives an extensive historical and social background on this species.
ISBN-13: 978-0738208947
A review is here.

How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
By Jacques R. Helfer
Wm. C. Brown Company, 1962
Part of the original Pictured Key Nature Series. I have only seen the 1962 original paperback. There was a 1987 Dover reprint, apparently of the 1972 (2nd) edition.
Covers grasshoppers, termites, cockroaches, and mantids. Has 540 good black-and-white illustrations. Though somewhat dated, has more thorough coverage of some groups (e.g., Pygmy Grasshoppers, Tetrigidae) than more recent popular guides. Worth finding if you are interested in orthoptera.

The 1987 Dover reprint of the 2nd edition includes a new preface, new footnotes, new illustrations, treatment of crickets, and a

Cricket Radio: Tuning in the Night-Singing Insects
By John Himmelman
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011

Guide to Night-Singing Insects of the Northeast
By Michael DiGiorgio & John Himmelman
Stackpole Books, 2009

Orthoptera of North-Eastern America
By W. S. Blatchley
The Nature Publishing Company, 1920
Old is not always bad. While it is seriously outdated (1920), most thorough and comprehensive single treatment of eastern US Orthoptera (and related insects) published is 'Orthoptera of North-eastern America' by W. S. Blatchley. Some subsets of the insects included in this book have been more recently treated in more depth, but not all together in one place.

The title is a bit misleading, because included are nearly all species then known to be found east of the Mississippi. Also, the definition of Orthoptera has changed over the years, and this book includes things such as Earwigs (Dermaptera), Roaches & Mantids (Dictyoptera), and Walkingsticks (Phasmatodea). It is well worth a search through libraries and used book shops if you are really interested in these insects. It does not have much in the way of illustrations (mostly drawings to aid in identification where necessary), but it is very interesting to read, with lots of discussion and detail. Each species is discussed at length and includes descriptions of the insect, habitat, life history when known, history, etc.

Songs of Crickets and Katydids of the Mid-Atlantic States
By Steve Rannels, Wil Hershberger and Joseph Dillon
(authors), 1998
Mentioned by Eric Eaton in a post--I have not heard this CD. It is available from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (www.sapsuckerwoods.com). Can be ordered from the authors at http://cricketsong.tripod.com/ (link updated 10/7/2010).

Update: I have this CD, and the quality is very good. It overlaps, somewhat, Elliott and Hershberger, The Songs of Insects (1), an excellent book that includes a CD of 75 species of orthoptera, plus some cicadas.

Orthoptera of Michigan
By Roger Bland
Michigan State University Extension, 2003
Spiral bound, 220 pages. Has 100 or more color photos, mostly of specimens, illustrated keys, life history information. Gives seasonal information for Michigan. Has extensive references and a glossary. Looks very useful for anyone in the eastern or central United States. Luckily, many southern species just reach Michigan, so they are included. Includes all orthopterans, not just grasshoppers--a real plus. My only wish is that the photos were a bit larger.

Available directly from the Michigan State University Exttension service at this page.