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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 [sometimes treated as a distinct subspecies; usually as part of normal variation within the species M. ponderosus]
Melanoplus ponderosus (Scudder) Scudder, 1878
Pezotettix affiliatus Scudder, 1880 probable nom. dubium. Provenance ???
Melanoplus robustus Scudder, 1897. Described from Dallas, Texas
Explanation of Names
Melanoplus ponderosus (Scudder, 1875)
sc. US - Map (1)
Mostly clearings or undergrowth in open woodlands.
Overwinter as eggs with adults in summer and autumn.
Type Locality: Dallas County, TX
See Also
Melanoplus alabamae Related species with somewhat different color pattern found adjacent to M. ponderosus' distribution.
Melanoplus eumera Related species confused with M. ponderosus with bright color pattern; found in Chihuahuan Desert region to west.
Melanoplus tunicae Related species with somewhat different color pattern found adjacent to M. ponderosus' distribution.
Print References
Scudder, S.H. 1875. Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 17: 473,
Scudder, S.H. 1878. Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 20: 84
Internet References