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blue-legged grasshopper - Trimerotropis verruculata - male

blue-legged grasshopper - Trimerotropis verruculata - Male
Thompson Falls, Sanders County, Montana, USA
August 14, 2008
Metator pardalinus?


Trimerotropis verruculata suffusa
He's kind'a pretty. They more often have black or dark brownish hind tibiae, but sometimes (especially the lighter colored ones) have blue. Metator looks quite different, and there is one on BugGuide now. I'm surprised there aren't more, as it is rather common in some areas, and rather an attention grabber (even though, unlike this species, it is silent when it flies).

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