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Black-sided Pygmy Grasshopper - Tettigidea lateralis - female

Black-sided Pygmy Grasshopper - Tettigidea lateralis - Female
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
April 21, 2005
Size: circa 10-14 mm
See guide page and caption for image below for identification references:



This looks like a rather long-winged form, compare the image above--those individuals have very short wings. This is probably a female. Capinera, p. 151 (1) states that the male has an ivory-white face, and the female's face is black. You can see that nicely in the photo above.

Mine too?
Patrick, do you think my grasshopper is also one of these (short wings perhaps)?


 
Not sure
Pronotum doesn't look quite the same, more squared-off and not so rounded--that's what Helfer keys on.

Coloration certainly looks similar to what I'm calling Tettigidea lateralis.

I guess yours should at least go under the Pygmy Grasshopper family, it's under Acrididae right now.

Gosh, these things are tough. Even the experts who wrote the books say they are tough.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

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