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Genus Microtes

Microtes occidentalis - female Microtes pogonata - male  Unknown Grasshopper - Microtes occidentalis - male Microtes pogonata 1st Instar - Microtes pogonata Microtes pogonata 3rd Instar - Microtes pogonata Microtes pogonata - female Microtes pogonata - female Microtes pogonata 4th Instar - Microtes pogonata
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Oedipodinae (Band-winged Grasshoppers)
Tribe Trimerotropini
Genus Microtes
Numbers
Two species in North America
Size
Small, between 15 and 26 mm (males smaller than females)
Identification
These are quite distinctive in that they are small, relatively stocky, and covered in short "hairs" on their abdomen and thorax. The wings are proportionately short (but usually reach at least the tip of the hind femora).
Range
Santa Barbara County, California (or perhaps further south?), north to almost to about Tillamook County, Oregon.
Habitat
Sand areas near coast (one species never far from the shore).
See Also
For the species "Microtes" helferi, see under Trimerotropis.
For the species "Microtes" nicola, see under Conozoa.