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Species Bootettix argentatus - Creosote Bush Grasshopper

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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 Gomphocerinae (Slant-faced Grasshoppers)
No Taxon (Acrolophitus Group)
Genus Bootettix
Species argentatus (Creosote Bush Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bootetittxi argenteus L. Bruner 1889. Type locality: Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico
Gymnes punctatus Scudder 1890. Type locality: Tighes, California
Explanation of Names
argentatus is Latin for "silvered". The original description says: "A series of silvery blotches along the sides and beneath is a distinguishing character."
Identification
Distinctive: most similar to the unrelated Creosote Bush katydid (Insara covilleae), which is distinguished by the long antennae and pattern specifics. Male song is a short 1-2 second long, locust-like reel given after dusk.
Range
Basically the same as Creosote Bush (Larrea) in North America. From western Texas and New Mexico to California and southward.
Internet References
Proceedings of the United States National Museum, v.12, p.58    Bruner's original description of the species