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Subspecies Trimerotropis verruculata verruculata - Crackling Locust

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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 Oedipodinae (Band-winged Grasshoppers)
Tribe Trimerotropini
Genus Trimerotropis
Species verruculata (Crackling Forest Grasshopper)
Subspecies verruculata (Crackling Locust)
Other Common Names
Crackling Forest Grasshopper
Cracker
Forest Cracker
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Locusta verruculatus Kirby 1837, described from "latitude 57ÂșN" (would be in Canada)
Oedipoda verruculata Scudder 1862
Trimerotropis verruculata Scudder 1874
Circotettix verruculatus Saussure 1884
Trimerotropis verruculatus verruculatus Vickery, Johnstone, & Kevan 1974
Identification
Occasionally found with Circotettix rabula along the north edge of the prairies, which has wings more ample and broader, and hind wings with more main radial veins strongly thickened and with the connecting venlets more obvious and parallel, creating rows of narrow rectangular cells. The dark band is usually not well developed (almost missing to translucent) and most of the tip of the wing is usually transparent. The hind tibiae varied in color, but mostly yellowish to blueish (usually brownish or blackish in subspecies verruculata). Circotettix are even louder.
Range
Mostly in Canada from the Yukon and n. British Columbia east to the Atlantic. Mostly in the southern Boreal forest region; north of the Plains grasslands and south of the Tundra. Enters the northeastern US from Minnesota to Pennsylvania.
Habitat
Mostly exposed, often rocky areas. Sometimes also in disturbed open areas and along paths and road cuts.
Season
summer to first hard frosts
Life Cycle
overwinters as eggs laid in the ground.
Remarks
Subspecies suffusa is similar, but occurs in mountain forest areas from the Rockies westward in sw. Canada and the western US. The two meet in Alberta, where they apparently blend in a narrow contact zone. Ssp. suffusa is usually darker and plainer looking and the wings are a bit narrower with the main veins a bit less swollen and with the outer part of the wing usually blacker. They behave basically the same and favor the same habitats.

These species and related ones will probably be moved out of Trimerotropis (again) and either back into Circotettix (to which they are most closely akin) or into a new genus of their own. However, for now, they are called Trimerotropis.
See Also
Circotettix species
Trimerotropis verruculata ssp. suffusa
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