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Species Melanoplus ponderosus - Ponderous Spur-throat Grasshopper

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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 Melanoplinae (Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
Tribe Melanoplini
Genus Melanoplus
Species ponderosus (Ponderous Spur-throat Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Caloptenus ponderosus Scudder, 1875. Described from Dallas, Texas
Melanoplus viola Thomas, 1876. Described from Illinois [often treated as a distinct subspecies]
Melanoplus ponderosus (Scudder) Scudder, 1878
Pezotettix affiliatus Scudder, 1880. Provenance ???
Melanoplus robustus Scudder, 1897. Described from Dallas, Texas
probably Melanoplus tunicae Hebard, 1920. Described from Strickton, Rankin County, Mississippi [often treated as a distinct species]
Louisiana, across Texas barely into e. central New Mexico, and north to Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and Kentucky.
Mostly clearings or undergrowth in open woodlands.
Overwinter as eggs with adults in summer and autumn.