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Species Dissosteira pictipennis - California Rose-Winged Grasshopper

California Rose-winged Grasshopper - Dissosteira pictipennis - male California Rose-winged Grasshopper - Dissosteira pictipennis - male Dilley Grasshopper for ID - Dissosteira pictipennis - female California Rose-winged Grasshopper(?) - Dissosteira pictipennis - male Grashopper 5, half an ID...... - Dissosteira pictipennis - female Dissosteira pictipennis? For confirmation - Dissosteira pictipennis grasshopper - Dissosteira pictipennis grasshopper - Dissosteira pictipennis
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 Dissosteira
Species pictipennis (California Rose-Winged Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oedipoda venusta Stål, 1861 (nom. invalid; non O. venusta of Fieber, 1853), described from San Francisco, California
Dissosteira pictipennis Bruner, 1905, described from California
Trimerotropis porrecta McNeill, 1901, described from California
Dissosteira venusta (Stål) Rehn, 1945
Relatively high pronotal crest cut only once (sometimes with a second shallow notch toward front). Wings rose-pink to red in color with a curved dark band across middle. Often produces an interrupted buzzing sound in flight.
Southwestern Oregon to northern Baja California Norte, mostly west of Cascades, Sierra Nevada, and deserts. Reported from Nevada, Idaho, Washington, and Alberta, but these locations are all probably outside of its natural distribution.
Mostly elevated areas of grassland, often on gravelly or rocky soil, often in open Oak scrubland or woodland. Sometimes becomes abundant on disturbed sites. Often associated with Trimerotropis bifasciata, T. occidentalis, and Dissosteira spurcata.
probably Grasses
Life Cycle
Overwinters as eggs laid in ground. Adults late spring to frost, but most common in summer.
Something of a misfit in Dissosteira, similar in structure, but smaller in size and strikingly different in having smaller wings of totally different coloration, and different in behavior.